In the good books! Team member at Knebworth care home featured in national lockdown memoir

Colette Moreira-Henocq has been featured in Natasha Kaplinsky’s Letters from Lockdown

Colette Moreira-Henocq has been featured in book Letters from Lockdown - Credit: Care UK Knebworth

A team member from Knebworth care home has been featured alongside a host of famous contributors in a pandemic memoir.

Introduced by newsreader, presenter, and Barnardo’s president Natasha Kaplinsky, Letters From Lockdown features more than 100 letters from celebrity names, COVID heroes, and a diverse range of members of the public, all answering the question – ‘What was lockdown like for you?’

Inspired by children’s curiosity as to how different people experienced lockdown, the book features reflections from the likes of Dame Helen Mirren, Tim Peake, Joe Wicks, Ed Sheeran, Bear Grylls and Mary Berry, to name a few, as well as Colette Moreira-Henocq, residential care manager at Care UK’s Knebworth, in London Road, Woolmer Green.

Colette was invited to reflect on her experiences of lockdown following the success of her poem ‘Tribute to My Residents’, which took first place in the national ‘Poems in a Pandemic’ competition last year.

Colette Moreira-Henocq's poem took first place in the ‘Bereavement’ category of the ‘Poems in a Pandemic’ competition.

Colette Moreira-Henocq's poem ‘Tribute to My Residents’ took first place in the ‘Bereavement’ category of the ‘Poems in a Pandemic’ competition in 2020. - Credit: Care UK’s Knebworth,

Colette said: “I was delighted to be invited to contribute to Letters from Lockdown, and to be featured alongside the likes of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall and Sir Paul McCartney feels surreal.

“The last year has been challenging for everyone, not least for those working in the care sector.

"I’ve found writing a great way to express my emotions, and although understandably difficult to re-live such difficult times while writing the letter, it was therapeutic to share my experience of lockdown."

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Colette added: “Writing has given me an opportunity to reflect on the incredible people around me – my family, friends, colleagues and residents, as well as the local community, who have shown such kindness over the last year.

"I hope my letter inspires people to continue the new caring and appreciative normal we have created.”

Colette Moreira-Henocq has been featured in Natasha Kaplinsky’s Letters from Lockdown

Colette Moreira-Henocq has been featured in book Letters from Lockdown - Credit: Care UK Knebworth

Vera Moreira-Henocq, home manager at Knebworth, said: “We are so proud of Colette for sharing her touching account of the past year. She and the team have worked tirelessly through a challenging period, and I’m sure many will relate to her feelings and reflections of the last year.

“Residents and team members are enjoying having a famous author in their midst!”

Knebworth delivers a full range of residential care for older people, including short-term respite care, nursing care and specialist care for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

For more information about Care UK, visit careuk.com

Letters From Lockdown by Natasha Kaplinsky features a contribution from Colette Moreira-Henocq.

Letters From Lockdown by Natasha Kaplinsky features a contribution from Colette Moreira-Henocq. - Credit: Hachette UK

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