FUNERAL arranger Tami Peel has been juggling two vital key worker roles to support her community during the Covid-19 crisis.
As well as her full-time job at Elizabeth Way Funeral Directors in Mossley, Tami works evening shifts as a district nurse.
Since the coronavirus pandemic started, she has been supporting the out-of-hours district nursing team to nurse Covid-19 patients in their own homes.
Tami, who lives in Stalybridge and has two daughters aged four and 14, said: “It’s been a juggling act and it’s been emotionally draining.
“My children have coped really well, with my eldest helping out and being like a second mum to my younger daughter. She’s great and has accepted the challenge.”
Fortunately, Tami works with her partner Anthony Barton, who is the funeral director at Elizabeth Way, which became part of the Funeral Partners’ family of high-quality businesses a year ago.
“We wouldn’t have seen much of each other otherwise,” she said.
“My youngest asked me a few weeks ago what we were clapping for on a Thursday evening. So, Anthony took them both to the hospital so they could see me in my uniform with all the hospital staff, paramedics, firefighters and emergency services congregated outside the hospital.”
Tami’s daughters even received personalised letters from the CEO of Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust thanking them for allowing mum to be a hero.
Phil Barr, regional development director for Funeral Partners, said: “Tami is doing an amazing job whilst juggling her role with us. She is truly engaged with the local community.”
Anthony and Tami have also managed to deliver supplies to their local foodbank and created a superhero window display at their funeral home with children’s pictures of key workers, compiling a video of the pictures backed by a local singer singing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. It can be viewed via their website news blog at www.elizabeth-way.co.uk/thank-you-keyworkers
For more information about Elizabeth Way Funeral Directors, visit www.elizabeth-way.co.uk