My Local Life: Virginia Partridge

Virginia offers a mobile professional foot care service, visiting your home in Royston or most of the surrounding villages to take care of your feet and foot problems.
The Listing caught up with her to hear more about the person behind the business.

Where do you live?
I have lived in this area for 27 years including in Bassingbourn, Buntingford and Whaddon. It’s a great place to settle and raise a family.

What do you love about your work?
The service I provide ranges from treating minor disorders, nail cutting and foot complaints to more serious and disabling problems. I love that every patient is different, and I have met and cared for hundreds of local people.

I am lucky to work and drive around in this attractive location. It’s always a pleasure to see familiar patients and to put new ones at ease making them comfortable and keeping them mobile. It is very satisfying when patients express their gratitude following successful treatment. I enjoy being my own boss and running an independent business. Working flexibly in patients’ homes gives me the freedom to work around my family and other commitments. I am privileged to do work I enjoy, that feels worthwhile and I would like to thank my patients, some of whom have been with me for years, for making this possible.

What is your most valued possession?
My health – I think you appreciate and value your health more as you get older. I don’t always do the right things but I do try to take a responsible approach towards my own well being and adopt healthy habits. I do believe that tomorrow’s health depends on today’s choices. My desert island must have possession… I guess I would have to say a decent pair of sharp nail clippers.

What’s your favourite local place to eat?
We have a diverse range of good eating establishments around here. Supporting local business is important to me, being able to walk to the village pub for a good meal is a bonus of where I live.

What was the last book you read?
‘The New Silk Roads’ by Peter Frankopan. I was fascinated by his first book on the Silk Roads which helped me understand bits of history I never covered at school. This more contemporary book reminds us what a profoundly interconnected world we live in today.

What makes you happy?
Sunshine. Sharing joy and laughter.

What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
I usually go to an exercise class to kick start my day then have a coffee and chat with my class buddies afterwards. Then followed by shopping and catching up on the chores so I can have the evening to relax with family and friends.

What are you looking forward to most this month?
New Years Eve celebrations with the start of a new decade, the roaring 20’s all over again maybe and then putting the decorations away. I love the twinkly lights to brighten the dark nights but all the baubles etc kind of add clutter. It’s good to get them in the loft and me back into my work routine following the hurly burly of Christmas.

What is the best thing that has happened to you recently?
I have found a wonderful person (in the Listing) to clean my oven. It sparkled like new in time to cook the Xmas dinner and saved me from a messy job that I really don’t like doing and I am not very good at.

How do you relax?
Way too easily. A good book, music and a G&T always helps.

Four people you would invite to dinner?
Bruce Springsteen so we can rock on after eating.

Graham Norton to bring out the best in each guest and facilitate the flow of conversation.

Hans Rosling (sadly no longer with us) a hopeful fact man to tell us why things are better than we think they are.

A chef to cook, well it’s my night off; Nigella would do and will bring additional feminine charm to the party.

Could I sneak in my two young adult offspring as well please, they would enjoy the food!

What inspirational quote sums you up?
Be kind whenever possible,
It is always possible.
Dalai Lama

Virginia Partridge
Feet 2 Feet
07791 736616