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Meet The Key Workers - Nora O'Shea

Get to know Nora in the first of our features

10 July 2020

As part of our kit launch for the 20/21 season we were honoured to feature a selection of key workers from across the city - we would now like to introduce you to them. First up, Nora O'Shea from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

Nora O’Shea is Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and has worked for the trust for 10 years. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and community physical health services. With 4,000 staff, the Trust also provides learning disability, social care, and children community healthcare services. It is also renowned for its research work. It’s charity, set up for the benefit of patients and staff, is called Head To Toe.

Nora says that the most rewarding part of her job is "to be able to make a difference in one person's life. I like to spread kindness by supporting others." Nora says that the COVID-19 pandemic has had its challenges for her and her colleagues, but it is their togetherness that has got them through the pandemic so far.

Like the rest of us, Nora stood and clapped for carers on Thursday night's throughout March, April and May and she said that it made her proud to be a part of the CPFT family whilst also filling her with an amazing feeling of joy. 

What has been the key to keeping her fully motivated in her role? Chocolate, with some laughter mixed in! This has been the perfect cocktail for helping support others around her at times the atmosphere got heavy. 

Like many of us, Nora has missed the human contact that once was - and reflects on what we have always taken for granted in shaking someone’s hand or having a hug when a friend of colleague felt low.

"Whatever the new normal looks like, my hope is we remain kind to each other and maybe one day being able to have that hug."

As well as her work on the front-line, Nora has championed good physical and mental health through a project she runs, Tackling Mental Health, which offers inclusive football sessions for patients and staff. These sessions take place each week at the Cavell Centre, Bretton Gate. The sessions break down barriers, reduce stigma, and boost self-esteem.

For more information on the CPFT, check out their website here.

You can pre-order the new PUMA-branded home kit NOW here.

The shirts will be dispatched in mid-August. Please be aware that the shirt will not be available to purchase in the Posh Club Shop until this time.


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