JANET Holden is planning the wedding of her dreams – just four years after she admits she’d ‘written herself off’ following a devastating cancer diagnosis.
Janet was aged 48 when doctors told her she had advanced bilateral breast cancer and sent her to Sheffield’s Weston Park to undergo gruelling chemotherapy.
Remarkably, today she is cancer-free and looking forward to a bright future, beginning with her wedding to fiancé Philip Scothorne this April.
And the most important day of their lives just got a little more special after Janet received a 14 per cent bonus at work.
Staff working at John Lewis have received their annual bonus – which this year works out to be more than seven weeks’ pay.
“It’s like a fairytale,” said Janet, who works as a visual merchandiser at the Barker’s Pool store.
“I came so close to losing my life and now I’m in love and marrying the man of my dreams. I never thought I’d see this.
“This bonus comes at the perfect time for us, it will have a huge impact.”
The bonus is an annual gift at John Lewis, where employees are treated as ‘partners’ and share in the firm’s profits.
Last year’s bonus paid for Janet’s wedding dress and the couple already have this year’s earmarked for their wedding break.
“We’re getting married on the island of Pangkor Laut in Malaysia,” said Janet, 52. “It’s going to be incredible and that 14 per cent will go a long way. It’s the icing on the cake of what’s turning out to be a great year.”
The marriage is the second for both Janet and Philip, who have been together since 2009.
“It’s been a tough few years for Janet and she’s still officially a year from remission,” said Philip, 61.
“She’s been so strong and she deserves this more than anyone. We’re so excited about our wedding and this bonus will just make it all the more special.”
James Prince, managing director of John Lewis in Sheffield, praised staff for their hard work.
He said: “We’ve definitely felt the pinch of the economic climate this year, but have achieved a good sales performance. Profits are lower than last year but better than expected and we’re delighted that all 81,000 partners across the country will receive the equivalent of over seven weeks’ pay for their hard work.”
bonus payments are helping make dreams come true for happy John Lewis staff in Sheffield.
Beauty selling assistant Margaret Machen is planning to spend her windfall on a luxury cruise to celebrate her golden wedding anniversary.
“In my 16 years here, my bonuses have paid for so many things for my family,” said the 69-year-old.
“It’s a wonderful reward system.”
Operations manager Jonathan Liversidge is nearing the finish line of a 10-year building project, to which his bonuses have significantly contributed.
“My wife and I bought and gutted a 1930s house in Beighton back in 2002, taking it completely back to brick,” said Jonathan, who has worked for John Lewis for 24 years.
“I’ve done all the work myself and the restoration has been long and gruelling.
“Last year’s bonus paid for the kitchen tiling and this year’s will pay for the garden landscaping which will finally finish the house off – much to my wife’s relief!”
Mum-to-be Sarah Holmes will use her bonus to prepare for the arrival of the newest member of her family in June.
“We really need a double pushchair for the new baby and my two-year-old so this bonus will take care of that,” said the operations manager, 33.