It was a crazy Christmas week. All working mums will understand. Incredibly busy at work before the Christmas break and then trying to squeeze in time to buy presents, attend festive lunches and end-of-year events, send cards and go to all the school nativity plays and concerts.
My daughter Bella woke me up at 4.30am saying she was a bauble in the Christmas show and needed a red tutu. Where do you get a red tutu from ? And then I found my son’s note about his Christmas carol concert, which parents could attend, in his school bag. It had been there for a month (when my diary wasn’t so jam packed).
I also now have three turkeys. Worrying that I wouldn’t get round to buying one, my mum, husband and a friend have all ordered turkeys to be collected on Christmas Eve. It’s feast or famine in the Shaw household.
I do love Christmas though. The spirit of goodwill and focus on family and friends is wonderful. It’s also a great opportunity to thank people for their hard work over the year. I met with our contractors last Tuesday to thank them for their work on our building developments. This has been an incredible year for the Christie in terms of capital developments and they have being doing a professional, high-quality job, on time and in budget.
And on Friday we held our annual staff awards. An important event where we recognise and thank staff and volunteers for long service and applaud individuals and teams for special achievements. Some of them are high-profile doctors and others unsung heroes who go above-and-beyond the call of duty every day behind the scenes. As always, it was a really uplifting and emotional event. My tears this time however were tears of laughter as our guest of honour was John Bishop – a brilliant, witty comedian who brought the house down with a comedy gig at the end. John is currently touring the country with his much acclaimed ‘Elvis has left the building’ show – and we were delighted he took time out of his busy schedule to kindly attend our awards ceremony.
By the way, last night I was delighted to win the ‘Crain’s Manchester Business’ businesswoman of the year award 2009 – especially because I was nominated alongside so many other esteemed and inspiring businesswomen who are all fantastic in their careers.
It was really lovely to be recognised by the private sector and I would just like to give a massive thank you to all who support me at work, out of work and at home, for making this possible.