We are excited to publish another entry from our care worker writing competition. This poem was submitted by Rebecca Skermer from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and provides a touching account of what it means to work in care. Thank you for sharing it with us, Rebecca! 

The Extra Mile 

I go the extra mile

To see that extra smile

I go out of my way

To make somebody's day


I go the extra mile for the person who cannot walk

I go the extra mile for the person unable to talk


No time to eat my lunch today

No time to use the toilet

But I’m putting a smile on the face of another

And would not want to spoil it


I care because I want to,

I don’t do it for the money.

I get paid for being caring,

Not for kicking a ball or trying to be funny


‘Ten thousand steps a day’, they say

But I’ll go another mile

I'll keep on walking, running

For caring is truly my style


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