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April Evelina 150 Stars

Meet this month's winners
April winners

We know that we would not be where we are today without our amazing staff. That's why, in our 150th birthday year, we are celebrating teams and individuals with a special award. Every month, we select worthy winners to be our Evelina 150 Stars

Thank you to everyone who nominated our staff in April. We picked four winners.

Find out why our panel selected them below, and well done to everyone who was nominated.

Linda Darko, security officer

Linda Darko, one of our Evelina 150 Stars

Linda Darko

For her remarkable caring nature and kindness, and being hugely reassuring to patients and families as the face of Evelina London security.

‘Nothing is ever too much trouble for her. We should all try to be a little more like Linda.’


Ellen Samuel, matron

Ellen Samuel, matron, one of our Evelina 150 Stars

Ellen Samuel

For her "can do" attitude, always being willing to help, having time to listen and offering her wisdom and expertise with patience and understanding.

For being passionate about ensuring children under the care of her teams receive the highest standard of care.

"We would like Ellen to receive this award in recognition of how outstanding she is and the incredible contribution she makes to Evelina London."


Joanna Bridgeman and Alison Smith, ward managers, Snow Fox

Snow Fox ward managers, two of our Evelina 150 stars

 Joanna Bridgeman and Alison Smith

For being supportive, compassionate and caring and for promoting confidence within her staff.

For being approachable, understanding, non-judgmental and supportive.

Joanna and Alison received many joint nominations, and one person summarised: "I could not wish for better leaders, managers and friends to work with. Their clinical knowledge, competence, kindness and compassion for their roles and staff shines through every day. A true representation of how you should successfully run a team and treat staff.”


Learn about our history

Did you know we have been caring for children and young people for over 150 years?

Hear about our history of care from the perspective of our staff.