Mum of two takes one sick day in 30 years at Bexleyheath shop

PUBLISHED: 14:40 24 March 2016

Sophie Cassat (L) and Suzanne Crook (R).

Sophie Cassat (L) and Suzanne Crook (R).


She works at a Bexleyheath department store

A Bexleyheath mum is celebrating her 30th anniversary working at a Bexleyheath, having taken just one day off sick in three decades.

Suzanne Crook, 51, has gone through two pregnancies and raised her children but kept her remarkable attendance record.

The operation associate joined British Home Stores in 1986, aged 21.

Starting off in the children’s department, Mrs Crook spent two years on the shop floor before moving to an office role.

And she claimed the success was down to her “mind over matter” philosophy.

She said: “I’ve been very lucky not to be ill but I would always make the effort to go into work, even on the rare occasion I’m not feeling 100 per cent.

“My children were barely off school either. I think it runs in the family.

“Even when I had young children I was still working weekends so I didn’t have a break in service and was straight back after my maternity leave.”

Both of her children have spent worked part-time at the store in the Broadway Shopping Centre.

Mrs Crook explained: “It was a natural progression for my children to work and they both really enjoyed the job.

“Like all youngsters they wanted some extra money to help them through college and decided to follow mum’s footsteps and naturally I loved having them here.”

To mark her 30 years’ service, store manager Sophie Cassat arranged a presentation of flowers in front of shop staff.

“Suzanne is flexible and hardworking and is always happy to support me and the wider team. Her colleagues absolutely love her and she’s well-liked and respected by everyone.

“It’s lovely to have had the pleasure of working with two generations of her family – I’m hoping her son and daughter will at some point have grandchildren to follow the family tradition.”

Peter Sedge, general manager at Broadway Shopping Centre said: “What a wonderful achievement to mark 30 years’ service. It is so lovely to hear about staff being happy in their jobs as Bexleyheath really is a great place to live and work.”

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