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THE KIMAL EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER

ISSUE

03 July 2012

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Company News


SINGING FOR THEIR SUPPER!!

Just after Christmas, I happened to be glancing through our local paper and saw an article about a new choir which was starting in Droitwich. I had always secretly wanted to join a choir of some sort, but didn’t think that I was good enough musically and also didn’t actually read music. I wondered if I would qualify, just with a love of music! I checked it out online and decided it was certainly worth a try. One of the things which I had dreaded was a music test of some sort, but no auditions were required, which was another plus for me! It was possible to have just a “taster session”, to see what it was like, but having made my decision, I immediately signed up for the termly sessions. It takes quite a lot of courage to begin something new, and I am no exception. The choir teacher, Helen, is such a wonderfully bright and happy person, who is fired up with inspiration and clearly loves teaching us the music and lyrics of the rock / gospel/folk songs. We learnt 5 different songs over the first 5 weeks which culminated in our first performance at the Droitwich Arts festival. We sang in the town square and also in the Norbury theatre in town to packed audiences. Helen was delighted. Along the way, we managed to fit in a number of practises and also a performance to the relatives and friends of the Worcester group, which all helped tremendously to boost our singing voices and confidence. Our next big occasion was twinned with Sport Relief on 25th March in Birmingham town centre. We were also due to perform our first “flash mob” along with many others on the day. All the Rock Choirs of Birmingham, Solihull and Worcester and Droitwich joined forces for this event, which was uploaded onto You Tube afterwards for all to see. It turned out a beautiful warm day, with lots of sunshine and the whole event went smoothly and was enjoyed by all. There are many events planned for the rest of this year including singing in Droitwich town centre again when the Olympic torch comes through on 24th May 2012 and a concert in Worcester town centre is also planned during May.

It’s such a great atmosphere every week when we practice and jolly hard work too, but we have all gained from the experience and also made many new friends.

Diana Hughes Purchase Ledger Co-ordinator


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Separated at Birth? We had an unprecedented response to the mail that went out requesting celebrity look-a-likes with our employees. As you can see some are absolutely inspired, we have so many that I will put some in the next edition . As noted in the email none of these are anonymous so many thanks to the following for their entries: Employee

Entered by

John Walters/David Tenant

Julie Hume/Steve Minett

Simon Donovan/Tim Minchin

Mark Allington

Mark Jenner/Robert De Niro/Father Ted

Catherine Bennett

Steve Minett/Terry Tibbs/Kojak

Too many to mention

Jon Baker/Alan Carr

MSS, Bromsgrove

Mark Pettitt/John Kear

MSS, Bromsgrove

Also, many thanks to the employees, the subjects of these photos who were good sports and allowed us to use them Look out in the next edition for more‌‌...

Mark Jenner

Steve Minett

Alan Carr

Jon Baker

David Tennant

John Walters

Simon Donovan

Tim Minchin

Robert De Niro

Terry Tibbs (FaceJacker)

Mark Pettit

Father Ted

Kojak

John Kear


Congratulations At the recent sales conference in Liverpool three non sales related awards were given to four Kimal employees. More information about the awards and why the employees received is shown below

Congratulations to all of the below named recipients but also to all Kimal employees who received awards

Sally Palmer, International Sales Coordinator, was presented with the Outstanding Individual Contribution Award which recognises her dedication and hard work supporting the international team. Sally is hugely popular and respected by customers around the world who recognise her exceptional levels of customer service.

Renal Clinical Team members Chris Scott and Helen Totman received the Outstanding Team Contribution Award having been nominated by their sales colleagues. Testimonials were received from a number of customers who clearly appreciate Chris and Helen’s professionalism and dedication.

Steve Minett, Editor of Kimail and Project Leader at Kimal, was awarded the Kimal RESPECT Award. This award is presented to an individual who epitomises Kimal’s values and ethos in everything they do at Kimal. The Leadership team recognised Steve’s positive contribution to any key project and his unstinting enthusiasm

Jeremy Hawkins


Fund Raising for 2013 Depending how big the previous event and how much recovery is needed Lee Grazier and I try to support a worthy cause and help raise funds, 2013 is no different and we think following on from the bike ride this year we can continue to do this. In 2013 our focus will be a little closer to home and all will become clear when you read on…………... My little story starts with an even littler baby – my Niece, Daisy. Daisy was born at 26 weeks and weighed 1lb 4oz (584 grams, or just over half a bag of sugar)I’d agreed to be my Sister Rachel’s birthing partner when we’d discussed it earlier in her pregnancy, but I didn’t envisage this privilege happening quite so soon as I rushed out from work following a phone call from my Dad telling me Rachel had been taken into theatre for surgery. I prayed I’d find the hospital (I’d only been once before, years ago). Once I finally arrived, I held my terrified Sister’s hand, while Daisy was delivered by emergency caesarean, and wondered if this tiny little girl was going to make it. Rachel’s pregnancy had barely begun to show, and we all new baby wasn’t going to be very big. You can imagine the hustle with a big team of medical staff now Daisy was finally ‘born’, but I looked across the room and just caught sight of the smallest pair of feet I’ve ever seen – and then heard the faintest little cry; a good sign, surely, I remember thinking. Please let it be a good sign. “Did you hear that?” I asked Rachel. She blinked back the tears, and nodded. I’ve since found out that most of the people in theatre that day were crying too. Daisy was whisked away, and Rachel was left to be taken care of following surgery – no cuddles with her new Daughter, no tears of joy. But she was alive, we’d heard her cry. We’d heard the good sign. Daisy spent 3 months in intensive care where the staff took such good care of her. They were so kind to Rachel and her partner, Gary, and sensitive to their needs and feelings. There were tough times – like when the hospital called Rachel in the middle of the night and we rushed over, not knowing what to expect when we got there. I wasn’t allowed onto the unit so I left Rachel alone. It was a long drive home. But Daisy pulled through, despite several infections and more blood transfusions than I can remember. There are so many issues to deal with when a baby is born too early. Daisy had chronic lung disease, retinopathy of prematurity – an eye disease that affects premature babies, a very low heart rate, apnoea whereby she would effectively stop breathing and had to be resuscitated, gastro refluxes where she could not keep her feeds down, her liver wasn’t functioning correctly, and she even had septicaemia at one point – the list goes on and on. The care she was given saved her life. For the staff it was their job. To us it was everything. Daisy spent a further 4 weeks at her local hospital before finally coming home. She is now 14lbs and will be a year old on the 19th May. I feel so blessed that Daisy is part of our family, and I thank God for her every day. She is such a lovely little girl, so precious. I’m delighted that Kimal’s charity events for 2013 will be helping the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Worcester Hospital. The work they do there is so very special, and so important to the parents of sick and premature babies. Rachel and Gary are very happy that we will be raising money for such a worthwhile cause, and pass on their special thanks to all at Kimal for this fabulous opportunity. Here’s to raising lots of dosh! Thank you Miri Greig


More Congratulations Congratulations to Greg and Aggie Lycholat on the birth of their first son. Greg says “ He was born 29/01/2012, 17.39, 54cm length, 3.580kg (7.89 pounds), before we knew the sex of the baby we decided that Aggie will chose name for a girl and me for a boy. So I chose the name Gracjan. After the caesarean we realised that in Roman history there was a Cesar called Gracjan so now I’m calling him as a Cesar. By know he is filling out and really healthy (62cm, 13.22 pounds). He has Aggies eyes (blue) and he is very handsome like his dad.

A Decade in the Sun 10 years ago, in the middle of March 2002, Kimal crossed another milestone in our success story. A new distribution centre was opened at Stonebridge Cross Business Park near Droitwich. Unit 101 was one of the first facilities to be opened on this bespoke park and confirmed Kimal as a major force in the manufacture and supply of procedure packs to the health industry, both in the UK and further afield throughout the world. Eight of the original staff employed to operate this unit are still employed within the business. Several of them are now working in the newer Unit 401 that we moved to in 2007, whilst others have moved on to different roles within Kimal. These people are: Droitwich Unit 401 Ian Gandy Team leader John Gandy Team Leader George Parker Warehouse Operative Phill Wood Warehouse Operative / Health & Safety Matt Smith Export Team Co-ordinator Damian Court Customer Care New Role From 2009 Bromsgrove Steve Minett Project Leader New Role From 2010 (moved to Bromsgrove 2007) Simon Hill Quality Technician New Role From 2007 Congratulations to all of them on achieving their 10 years’ service with Kimal and I look forward to continuing this successful growth as we progress towards our aim of doubling the value of Kimal. Mark Jenner

Engagements Congratulations to Natasha Duke and Richard Bramwell who both got engaged to their respective partners earlier this year



July 2012 Edition of Kimail