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Biddulph retail worker recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

A Biddulph retail worker has been honoured by Her majesty the Queen in her Birthday honours list.

Hannah Findlay from Biddulph has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the honours list for services to the food supply chain.

Hannah is a store manager in Crewe, having recently transferred from Milton Co- op and has been with Co-op for 13 years working her way up from team member.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, she not only led her own store, but also assisted other Co-op stores across the Stoke and Staffordshire Moorlands area with a huge focus on helping colleagues in looking after their mental health and checking on their capacity.

Her support has helped colleagues to remain positive, in turn enabling them to support Co-op members, customers, and their local community more broadly. Inspired by her sister, who is an NHS Nurse, she was determined to find a practical way for the community to be able to express their appreciation for NHS workers and others on the frontline.

She coordinated the collection of toiletry donations across the 21 Co-op stores in her area engaging colleagues, members and customers to get behind the donation drive.

Within just two weeks 4,500 items had been donated, and she and her Milton store team were then able to distribute these items to frontline workers at five local hospitals, 20 nursing homes, two police stations and one fire station.

Hannah is one of 23 people from Staffordshire recognises in the birthday honours list

Mr Ian Dudson CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, said: “I am delighted that Her Majesty has recognised so many residents, who have made a significant contribution to their community, either professionally, or in a voluntary capacity.

“I would like to congratulate all of these worthy recipients on behalf of the whole ceremonial county of Staffordshire - we share their pride and pleasure in this notable achievement.”

Matt will be chatting to Hannah live on Community matters just after 10am on Monday


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