A 76-year-old nurse working 60-hour weeks caring for dementia patients in a Withington care home was surprised on Christmas with a special award, courtesy of Good Morning Britain.
The ITV show paid a surprise visit to Gladys Nhkola at Monet Lodge care home in Withington, turning up on Christmas Day to serenade her with a gospel choir before presenting her with the award on her very own red carpet.
A nurse for over 50 years, she received the award from GMB presenter Pip Thomson in a programme screened on ITV on Christmas Day.
Technically, Gladys should have been shielding due to her age – but her commitment to her work. combined with the fact she was healthy and felt safe, meant that she turned up to help her patients over the Christmas period anyway.
Mindful of the fact that none of her patients could see their family or friends, she wanted to be there with them on the day to offer some support – but said it was “very hard to watch”.
Gladys later told Manchester World: “The award came as a complete surprise, I had no idea what was happening.
“I went into work and there was a red carpet, and then the choir started, and they told me I’d won an award. I was actually speechless!”
She said: “I should have been shielding according to my age. But I don’t have any underlying health conditions, I was healthy and I always felt safe – we always had full PPE at Monet Lodge, we were well looked after.
“But our patients couldn’t see their relatives or friends, and that was very hard to watch. For people with advanced dementia, all the new measures were confusing and upsetting. It was very clear in their faces how much they missed their loved ones.”
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