AN ASPIRING pop star who rocked the same stage as chart-topper Pixie Lott is in line for success in a totally different field.
Olivia Thomas, 25, of Rossett, is part of the five-piece girl-band Indigo City and last year performed at Chester Rocks alongside Pixie Lott and other big musical names.
But she has talents beyond the big stage as she works in her day job as a care practitioner at Hillbury Care Home in Wrexham.
Olivia has shown she is on song in her care career by being nominated for the exceptional newcomer award in this year’s Wales Care Awards.
She will be attending the glittering ‘Oscar style’ ceremony organised by Care Forum Wales on Friday, October 18 at City Hall in Cardiff.
Reflecting on appearing alongside Pixie Lott, singer and super-producer Labrinth and rap star Tinchy Stryder at Chester Rocks last year, Olivia said: “That day was a blur. I felt famous. We were in the backstage area with all of the celebrities, and you felt like you were one of them.
“Pixie Lott was really nice. I felt nervous before performing to all of those people but as soon as I walked on stage I was fine.
“The crowd reaction was really good. It went really quick. I loved it.”
Every Saturday morning Olivia teaches performing arts to children aged six to 18 at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham, as part of the Theatretrain franchise.
Olivia, who moved to Rossett from Finchley in North London with her family when she was 12, started working at the Pendine Park care organisation after she graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a degree in performing arts in 2011.
Now her focus is on attending the care awards in Cardiff.
She said: “I’m happy to just be nominated anyway because it shows people appreciate you.
“I just try and give the residents love, and give them my time, so they feel appreciated.
“I do things like painting their nails, take them on walks, and give them hugs. It’s not just giving them cups of tea.
“It’s really hard work but it’s fun and it’s rewarding. You make a lot of friends here. I really like my colleagues. There’s a really good bunch here.
“I love listening to the residents’ stories. They tell me about the war. It’s really interesting.
“I love it when I go into their room and they show me their pictures of when they were young, and in their wedding dresses.”
Hillbury manager Cindy Clutton, who nominated Olivia for the award, said: “Olivia is committed to deliver the best quality care she can to a high standard. She treats everybody with respect and dignity.”