‘I want to look WOW’
Nadine Davison, sister
‘This Christmas, I'm working nights for the whole festive period,’ says Nadine Davison, a sister in a south London hospital. ‘In my department, every member brings a different platter of food and we put on a big spread in the staff room. I don’t mind though. The best thing about my job is seeing how resilient people are.
‘If I wasn’t working, I’d be doing a lot of festive drinking and mince-pie eating. I only get one weekend off in seven, so I like my partywear to have the wow factor. This outfit makes me feel confident and sexy, but I’m also really comfortable, so I can eat all the mince pies I like.’
‘I love to get overdressed’
Dr Katrina Sheikh,
acute medical registrar
‘My job means I’m on the frontline of the hospital in A&E, diagnosing patients with serious conditions and managing their care,’ says Dr Katrina Sheikh, from London. ‘I’ve worked Christmas and New Year for the last three years, so I can’t wait to spend it with my family this year.
‘I’m half Polish, so the big day for me is actually Christmas Eve. My family and friends will come over, I’ll have a snowball, and make Pierogi with my mum. Then, on Christmas Day, we’ll have the big traditional lunch. I like to get overdressed at Christmas and I love old glamour, so this outfit is perfect. It not only makes me feel confident, but very elegant, which is important to me.’
‘I’m not just a mum’
Rosyane Linton, nurse
‘I tend to work on Christmas Eve, spend Christmas Day with my husband and children, and then celebrate with family and friends on Boxing Day,’ says Rosyane Linton, a nurse at London’s Chelsea & Westminster hospital. ‘We don’t dress up; for us it’s all about being as chilled and comfortable as possible, which means pyjamas!
‘When I do need to get glammed up for a party, I need something that makes me feel good. I’m not just a mum or a nurse – I want to feel confident and pretty. This outfit does that.’
‘I love a bit of sparkle’
Cara Leghan, cardiology auditor
‘I work within the cardiology department, making sure heart-attack patients have the best-quality care,’ says Cara Leghan, from Leicestershire. ‘My go-to Christmas outfit is always a dress – I love a bit of sparkle. This one feels really glamorous.’
‘We’ll sing carols on the wards’
Petrina Pottinger, IT project manager
‘I’m part of the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS choir, and we’re hoping to sing carols on the wards for the patients this year,’ says IT project manager Petrina Pottinger. ‘This outfit makes me feel glamorous, confident… and just happy.’