Inspiring colleagues from across Lincolnshire Co-op have been recognised with awards for providing valued services, working in their communities and looking for ways to make a positive difference.
Hundreds of guests were invited to the glittering Celebrating Together ceremony at the Lincolnshire Showground to receive accolades.
Honours including the sought-after Colleague of the Year and Branch of the Year awards were given to dedicated staff. Employees were also recognised for undertaking volunteering projects, developing their skills by completing training and for external awards they'd been given during the year.
Local groups and organisations Lincolnshire Co-op works with were also celebrated, including Love Local suppliers and the volunteers who run health walks and libraries.
Winners included Kelly Slow from Lincolnshire Co-op’s food store in Bracebridge Heath. She triumphed in the Colleague of the Year category, winning the overall Gold award.
Kelly was described as ‘a shining beacon of positivity’ who brings people together. She won the award following nominations from colleagues working in the Bracebridge Heath outlet’s pharmacy and post office.
One nomination told of her outstanding attitude to customer service. An elderly customer living with dementia was unable to remember their pin number so couldn’t withdraw cash. Kelly spent time with the customer, calming them down. She then helped them with their shopping, suggesting they could use their dividend card to pay for it. Kelly then made sure the customer got home safely.
The Silver Colleague of the Year award was handed to Aly Gratrick from Proctors Road Funeral Home in Lincoln, who received multiple nominations describing her as ‘going above and beyond.’
One example was when she accompanied a young child to the venue where her parent’s funeral was due to take place to ensure the youngster was familiar with the surroundings and could ask any questions. Part of the nomination read: ‘I have never known anyone to be as sympathetic and empathetic as Aly.’
The team at Winning Post Pharmacy on Carholme Road, in Lincoln, were awarded the Bronze Colleague of the Year Award.
As well as the work of a community pharmacy, the team also supplies multiple complex prescriptions and advice to patients using the services of the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. They were praised for being ‘a formidable team whose teamwork and support never wavers.’
Volunteering Team of the Year
Swineshead Food Store
Volunteer of the Year – joint award
Nicole Moore, Gainsborough Funeral Home
*Jasmin Hill, Food Support Team, Lincoln
Fundraising Team of the Year
Crowland Food Store
Pharmacy of the Year - Gold award winners
Pharmacy of the Year – Silver award winners
Parkside Pharmacy, Boston
Pharmacy of the Year – joint Bronze award winners
Rookery Lane Pharmacy, Lincoln
Pharmacy Health Champion of the Year
Dee Garrard, Swineshead Pharmacy
Post Office Branch of the Year – Gold award winners
Holbeach Post Office
Post Office Branch of the Year - Silver award winners
Skellingthorpe Post Office
Post Office Retail Sales Top Performer Award
City Square Post Office, Lincoln
Funeral Branch of the Year - Gold award winners
Long Sutton Funeral Home
Funeral Branch of the Year - Silver award winners
South Lincolnshire Crematorium, Surfleet
Travel Branch of the Year
Grimsby travel branch
Cruise Branch of the Year
Moorland Centre travel branch, Lincoln
Food Store of the Year - Gold award winners
Bowbridge Road Food Store, Newark
Food Store of the Year - Silver award winners
Argyle Street Food Store, Boston
Food Store of the Year - Bronze award winners
Tattershall Food Store
Food Customer Liaison Representative of the Year
Julie Pratt, The Willows Food Store, Grimsby
Libraries Volunteer of the Year
* Allison Peden
Love Local Supplier of the Year
Graham Ward, Uncle Henry’s
Community Health Walker of the Year
Star Suggestion of the Year
Danielle Martin from Marketing at Head Office in Lincoln
Andrew Turnbull, Tritton Road Funeral Home, Lincoln
* unable to attend the awards