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Churchill staff member goes above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic

5th May 2020 in Coronavirus

Tom Willers, one of our Hospitality Porters, has gone beyond the call of duty to support the Churchill Community during this extraordinary time. Having worked with us since October, Tom has already proven himself to be an essential member of our team.

During the current crisis Tom has been staying on site as our resident caretaker, assisting all of the operational departments, keeping an eye on security and responding to the needs of the residents, all in addition to undertaking his usual role. Tom’s work on site includes the critical task of clearing the rubbish, and in doing so ensuring that we don’t have a second public health crisis. Like most of us, Tom is eager for normality to return (not least because he is missing the suspended football season!), but he volunteered for this role as he wanted to keep busy, fit and motivated. Speaking of his adapted working life, Tom said, “it’s a joy to be working with the rest of the minimal workforce, and I’m enjoying getting to know my colleagues in other departments and improving my knowledge of the site.”

Speaking of Tom’s commitment, Domestic Bursar Shelley Surtees said, “Tom is providing on-site, multidepartment support. He is able to do this in many areas of the College operation and does so with enthusiasm and tenacity. His presence is a massive support to me, as I know that if the Porters need assistance in the middle of the night, he will be there within seconds.”

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