Dedication pays as Llay woman wins long service award

Published date: 23 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A COURAGEOUS woman’s dedication to her job has earned her a special award.

Eleri Edwards-Freeman, 46, from Llay, is disabled with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. She has no use of her left arm and walks with the aid of splints and specially made boots.

She has worked as a receptionist at St Christopher’s School in Wrexham for 20 years and has received an award from Remploy for her long service loyalty.

Mrs Edwards-Freeman said she loves her work and was pleased to get the recognition of continuous service.

“I really enjoy being at St Christopher’s so much,” said Mrs Edwards-Freeman, who has had more than 14 operations on her legs and feet over the years.

“The school is a lovely place to work. Everyone is so supportive.”

Mrs Edwards-Freeman is based at St Christopher’s independent living unit and undertakes a wide range of clerical and administrative duties.

“Obviously there have been quite a few changes taking place over 20 years. But the school has always been friendly and welcoming,” she said.

“It is a job which I greatly enjoy. I used to go to St Christopher’s as a child. When I was a pupil there Maxine Pittaway was my teacher and she is now the school’s head teacher.”

Mrs Edwards-Freeman said she became aware of the award during a regular meeting with a representative from Remploy.

“She told me I would be eligible. Gaining the award means I can receive a gift which I choose from a catalogue,” Mrs Edwards-Freeman added.

“I am hoping to continue working at St Christopher’s for years to come. I am very happy there.”

Away from work Mrs Edwards-Freeman has other special achievements under her belt.

In 2012 the Leader reported on the presentation of a certificate to Mrs Edwards-Freeman signed by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

It was given in recognition of the effort she devotes to the organisation SHINE, which stands for spina bifida, hydrocephalus, information, networking, equality.

Modest Mrs Edwards-Freeman stressed that the honour was for everyone involved with SHINE rather than just herself and added many people carry out fundraising throughout Wales.

Mrs Edwards-Freeman’s other achievements include representing the Welsh disabled bowling team and she is also the former British shot-putt record holder in her class.

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