A Berkhamsted nanny has been rewarded as part of a nationwide campaign to identify and celebrate individuals who went above and beyond to help people within their communities throughout 2020.
Local Nanny, Naomi McLaren (pictured left), was a winner in Pizza Express’ Share A Smile initiative after being nominated by her best friend, Sandra Emery (pictured right), as a ‘thank you’ for all of her generous acts of kindness throughout the pandemic.
Her reward was a surprise trip-of-a-lifetime to Sydney, along with £1,000 – a year’s worth of pizza.
Best friends for over 10 years, Naomi is like a ‘second Mum’ to Sandra’s 15-month-old son, Nikolas, and the pair have been there for each other through thick and thin, whenever either of them needed support or a shoulder to lean on.
In the midst of lockdown this bond was made even stronger, when Sandra’s dad unfortunately passed away, and she struggled to pick herself up following his death.
Having been by Sandra’s side throughout the course of her father’s illness, stepping in to look after her son and driving her to and from the hospital whenever it was needed, Naomi dropped everything to comfort and be there for Sandra.
She even moved into Sandra’s one-bed flat in Berkhamsted to care for her whilst she dealt with her father’s passing.
Sandra said: “After everything that’s happened this year, knowing that I could totally rely on Naomi to be there for me was a massive comfort – but she really went above and beyond anything I could ever have asked for.
“It was such a thrill to be able to surprise her like we did; she couldn’t believe it – and we can’t wait to visit Australia together as soon as we can travel there.”
The moment Naomi found out about her win has been shared by Pizza Express in a touching video which can be viewed here.