This is me - Ina Wilson
To celebrate what makes everyone so unique and special at DLG, we spoke to eight of our colleagues to find out what make them - well, them
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I am a doggy mum
I love all animals, but dogs are my absolute favourite. I've wanted dogs ever since I was a wee girl, but my mum wouldn't let me get one. I had a toy dog on wheels until I was 10, but then she finally let me have a real one! I've had them in my life ever since.
We now have four dogs, three of which were in the film with me. Tilly is a Cairn Terrier, the same breed as Toto in the Wizard of Oz. We also have Cindy, a Shiatsu, who recently delivered a surprise litter of four pups, and Chico, a long-haired Chihuahua, who we are sure was the father. I had no idea she was expecting. I just thought she was getting fat!
And then there's Ruby, a stunning Hungarian Vizsla. She's deaf, so we didn't want to stress her out with the filming. We also have a grey African parrot! I’d like to have cats too, but I know that wouldn't be easy with so many dogs, or with the parrot for that matter. But if I did, it would certainly be a rescue cat.
I recently joined the DLG doggy group on Yammer, and it's my new favourite page. I love seeing everybody else's pups and sharing pictures of mine.
I am caring
Being caring is very much in my nature. Probably because I come from a very big family! Both my mum and my dad are one of nine children and we all live within a two-mile radius of each other around the town of Airdrie in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. One of my aunts and a cousin even live on the same street as me. We're all very close-knit and community-minded.
I guess you could call 'caring' a family trait. My sister and I cared for my mother for five years before she passed away from Alzheimer’s. We have all pulled together to support family members with their little boy Charlie, who has Down Syndrome. He's seven now, and doing really well.
If anyone needs anything, I will always go out of my way to help them. This extends to my family and my work family too. I really care about them and worry about them a lot when they’re away.
I am a proud grandma
I'm 58 years old and have four grandchildren from my children, Billy and Kirsty. They all mean the absolute world to me.
Sophie and Leon, who both featured in the film and were showing it off in their class once it came out, will both be 11 soon. They're cousins, but they're that close they may as well be twins. I also have Riley, who's five, and Lucy who's two. They all stay with me from time-to-time and they love to play together. We're a very close family, every generation of us.
I am devoted
Everything I do, I do to the very best of my ability. This applies to my charity work, my family and, of course, my work. I'm 100 per cent devoted to all of it.
My first job was at the age of 15, making the old-style dialling phones for Phillips. My grandkids probably wouldn't recognise one of those as a phone now – except maybe the Direct Line logo! I've only had four jobs in my lifetime, most of them involving phones in some way, but DLG is by my favourite job of all time. I love the people, who I'd do anything for, and the team spirit is amazing. We all lift each other up when we need it.
I am a fundraiser
I didn't deliberately set out to be a fundraiser, it just sort of happened! Some years ago, an old colleague of mine set up a night for people with learning difficulties, but the entertainment she'd booked cancelled on her at the last minute. She remembered that I had access to some karaoke equipment and asked if she could borrow it, so I came along to set it up.
From then on, I've set up loads of music and karaoke nights in and around the community. One night stands out, where we raised an amazing £2,000 for one of the local special needs’ schools. I’ve also raised money for local football teams, for race days, and provided entertainment for people in their 70s and 80s. They are all so much fun – I wish I had their spirit in life!
It's worth noting that I don't consider any of this deliberate fundraising. It's just having something you can offer and being called on when you're needed for something. I'm not much of a singer, but I love setting things up and entertaining, so that's what I can offer. It's a real community thing and I think everyone should do their bit. My sister, for example, makes the most amazing fairy cakes, so that's what she brings along to these events to sell. We all live in the same place, so we all pitch in.
I am part of a team
I have been part of a new team at DLG, set up in November, that supports both of our home and motor claims customers. We're a good mix of men and women of all ages, loud and quiet and those in between, and I'm the granny of the group!
I consider them all to be very good friends and I love seeing them progress in their roles and through the departments. We all do what we can to help each other out. Those who used to work on motor claims help the home team and vice versa.
I really love our daily 15-minute huddles. They're a great way of keeping up to date with what's going on in the building and the business. And as we're dealing with both motor and car, there's double the amount of information to take in. It's a bit of a challenge, but it's a lot of fun. Especially with a team like ours!
I am DLG
In a nutshell, my team are my family. Everyone always asks how you are and really cares about your answer. Just this week I had a doctor's appointment and everyone wanted to know how it had gone. It was just a routine thing, but it's nice to know people care.
It's been this way since I first came in for my interview. I knew this was the place that I wanted to work. There's a really good vibe as soon as you step into the building and I absolutely loved the people from day one.
At her Glasgow site visit, Penny gave me a video book of the film when it came out and it's honestly one of the nicest gifts I've ever had. I went all around the building showing it to everyone and even leant it to my grandkids so they could show it off at school. It's so precious, I just wanted everyone to share in it.
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