“She is one of the most selfless people I know” – Woman praised for her continued work throughout pandemic
Key worker, nursery congratulated for her altruism in the face of the pandemic and the challenges of daily life.
Born and raised, Clare Johnson, 42, has worked tirelessly since the start of the pandemic in March 2021 to care for nursery children and babies at Ramsden Robins pre-nursery.
Nursery manager Barrow, Clare and her team have remained open during the pandemic to help frontline workers with babysitting.
Mum of 2, Clare said: “We never closed at all. We were one of the only nurseries in Barrow that didn’t close, we have been turned into a central nursery.
“It was pretty scary because it was at the height of the pandemic and people didn’t know much about it, so they were panicking.
“Obviously I run the nursery, but I couldn’t do it without my staff who are absolutely amazing. ”
Feeling really proud of herself and her team, Clare said: “I felt really proud because we still provide this service to the community and key workers and without us a lot of people couldn’t go to work. who needed child care. ”
Although most children and teachers are finishing their work for the 6 week summer vacation, Clare will still work as hard as ever in Ramsden Robins’ nursery to care for the nursery babies who need it. .
She said: “We are always open year round with babies now – we have also opened the nursery in the midst of the pandemic.
“It has been a challenge but the nursery is full now which is nice and to see how they are progressing.
“I’m ready for a break – even if it’s only a small one – just to recharge my batteries because it’s been really, really crazy for over a year now.”
Described by close friends and family as selfless and an inspiration to her 22 year old daughter, Olivia Pattinson, who said: “I am so grateful to call her my mom because she is one of the the most selfless and loyal people I know.
“She inspires me to be the best version of myself every day.”
Touched by these words, Clare said, “I don’t think I’m doing anything other than my job.
“It’s really nice to hear that, I just want the best environment for the staff and the kids.”