Staff who educate, care for and work on behalf of children and young people in Leeds have been recognised for their dedication at an awards ceremony.
Long Service Awards were presented to over 70 members of staff who have worked within education and children’s services in the city for 25 years and over, at a special ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall.
These dedicated staff have clocked up a total of more than 1750 years’ service between them.
All staff received an engraved clock and a certificate to recognise their contribution to improving the lives of children and young people in Leeds.
Presenting the awards were Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services, Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services and deputy director Paul Brennan.
Amongst those receiving their awards was 78 year old Pat Mulligan, a dinnertime supervisor at Bracken Edge Primary School, who has clocked up an amazing 34 years working at schools in Leeds.
Julie Harkness, head teacher at Bracken Edge Primary School said: “Pat has been at Bracken Edge for over 20 years but Mrs Mulligan didn’t even begin working here until she was sixty and has 34 years of experience working in schools in Leeds! She has a heart the size of the school itself, combined with patience that any saint would be hard pressed to match. She is also THE listening ear and potentially damp shoulder for anyone to offload their worries into or weep upon. In short, she is the perfect combination of caring but no-nonsense Grandma that everyone should have watching over them and out for them at all times. We value and love her enormously.”
Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said: “These talented and hard-working colleagues have made, and continue to make, a real difference to the children and young people of Leeds. It is always fantastic to meet such dedicated people and a pleasure to present them with these well-deserved awards. We are well on our way to becoming a child friendly city and simply could not do this without such exceptional people.”