Back in April 2020, right in the midst of the pandemic, we made a decision that we needed to find a way to express our support and gratitude towards at least a small number of the hard working key workers in our country. 

We organised a competition and gave the public a chance to nominate key workers they admired for their dedication and bravery for a chance to win our prize. We received an overwhelming amount of nominations and we were so grateful that our initiative reached so many people! 

By working closely with our partners at ICOS, we jointly selected 10 winning nominations at random. However, we recognise that so many more people deserve this prize and much more. 

The chosen 10 key workers and their families received a Family Photoshoot by us in the months following the ease of the restrictions. As a thank you for their participation, we also gifted them 30 high-quality retouched digital images and matching high-resolution prints from our professional partnering printing lab. We present to you the winning key workers and their families:

 

  • Becca Wilson

    “I believe women are powerful selfless beings and always find the strength to nurture others even through their own hardships, but there comes a time when they need that from someone else.”

     



    Q1: What is your story? Please, tell us a bit more about the work you do?

    I work as a gynaecology nurse which often means supporting women through very tough times such as gynaecological… Read more
  • Jodie Gorton

    “The main challenges we found as a family was adjusting to me doing constant night shifts and my partner doing days so that between the two of us and my parents the girls would have care and a continued education.”


     



    Q1: What is your story? Please, tell us a bit more about the work you do?

    I'm a working mam with two gorgeous daughters. I've worked for Iceland for the last ten years. I actually met my… Read more
  • Ian Stephenson

    “Throughout the pandemic, he’s been working 50/60 hours per week without any hesitation to be there to care for the elderly.”


     



    Q1: What is your husband’s story? Please, tell us a bit more about the work he does?

    Ian is a senior carer in Lindisfarne care home Seaham. He was nominated as a key worker by his loving… Read more
  • Grace Cornell

    “I’m grateful that I still got to work during the pandemic, that I could help people in that time of need. I’m grateful that we also spent more time as a family on our rest days as we were limited in what we could do and where we could go.”


     



    Q1: What is your story? Please, tell us a bit more about the work you do?

    So my name is Grace and I’m a paramedic. I was currently training in my role when I gave birth to my little girl. My… Read more
  • Zoe Taylor

    “Working during the pandemic gave me especially a sense of purpose. As a key worker, you knew you were doing your part to help the whole nation really get over this awful time” 

     


    Q1: What is your story? Please, tell us a bit more about the work you do?

    I work as a critical care staff nurse at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead, I qualified as a nurse in 2008 and have… Read more