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Kayleigh Buckingham-Pegg

We asked women at Warwick to submit an image of themselves for inclusion in the Warwick Women's Montage and a short description of the challenges they've faced/continue to face and how they're dealing with them.

See Kayleigh's submission below:

"I don't think its particularly inspiring but I lost my dear nan in the summer of 2020, after she went into care during the first lockdown because my elderly grandad was struggling to cope being her primary carer at home. I joined Warwick in December 2019 which took me over 100 miles from my grandparents in Essex (and care home/hospital visits were banned until end of life care anyway...) so was mostly helpless and still feel so now my grandad is home and struggling with being alone and lonely since she passed. We were lucky enough to attend a funeral for her but no wake to celebrate her life due to restrictions.

Forging relationships virtually with colleagues after just a few short weeks in the office has also proven to be difficult, but I must say the wellbeing services available and the support of my line manager has been fantastic throughout the last 12 months. I'm coping with my grief and the lockdown by keeping to a routine as best I can, with regular exercise and good food, as well as digital contact with loved ones (and physical meetings wherever possible within guidelines). The photo I've shared was taken at TGI Fridays in Solihull, during the late summer when we were all encouraged to eat out. My hubby and I actually had a gift voucher to use from Christmas 2019 so thought we'd make the most of it while the chance was there. Resilience certainly seems to get harder the longer we face these challenges and I can't wait for a return to the job I love and the people I cherish soon."

Read more personal stories on the Warwick Women's Montage page.

You may also be interested in:

ED&I Newsletter

Charters - including Athena Swan (gender equality Charter)

Gender Initiatives

Data and Reports - including Gender Pay Gap Report

Policies

Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force

* If you’re struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic find sources of support on the Staff Wellbeing Hub and access confidential online or phone support from the Employee Assistance Programme.