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A local woman has been recognised for her long service to charity in a special ceremony.

A local woman has been recognised for her long service to charity in a special ceremony.

Maureen Murray from Hall Green, received the award at the event at Leicester Cathedral on September 23, for almost 30 years service in The Children’s Society.

She said: “It was exciting but emotional to have all my achievements over the last few 28 years read out. The organisation has always been very supportive of me.”

Maureen came to work for the organisation in Solihull with a background in nursing but was quickly inspired by the young people with disabilities to change careers.

Since becoming the charity’s project manager in 1992, she has seen improvements made in services for disabled children and young people through out Solihull and nationally.

Maureen said: “I have always tried to make sure that disabled young people and children are listened to and involved in decisions concerning them. My philosophy has always been; with young people, for young people.”

She also created Askability, the first website of its kind made solely out of pictures and symbols to provide current news, jobs and updates for people with disabilities or who cannot read.

The charity’s chief executive, Bob Reitemeier, presented the award during the charity’s Festival of Childhood celebration.

He said: “Without people like Maureen, we wouldn’t be able to help as many children as we do.

“My heartfelt thanks go to Maureen for her commitment to our work. She really is making childhood better, for every child.”

 

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