ANIMAL welfare worker Phil Bandy could not believe it when the woman he thought was doing voluntary work alongside him turned out to be the boss of the Blue Cross.
Phil, of Roughdown Villas Road in Hemel Hempstead, spent two days working with chief executive Kim Hamilton for the TV programme Undercover Boss.
And 28-year-old Phil obviously made an impression because after revealing her true identity his boss said she would mentor him.
“When I found out I was shocked,” he said. “She said she wanted to personally mentor me to further my career in the Blue Cross.”
Phil started volunteering at the animal charity’s Kimpton centre three years ago to help him recover from depression brought on by a long viral illness that left him unable to work.
After a year the former chef managed to secure a job at the adoption centre, which houses around 30 dogs and 20 cats.
“The small things you do really make a difference to them,” he said. “They don’t ask anything of you – you give them all you can.
“The main thing is gaining trust. Someone has abandoned them or mistreated them so they don’t trust people any more.”
Kim, who turned her back on a high-flying City career three years ago to head up the charity, said it was a ‘one-off opportunity’.