Honours for dedicated Asda worker

Asda regional colleague of the year award winner Andrew Jones with his manager Eddie Coughlin and Wigan Council supported employement employer egangement officer Kerry Claxton

Asda regional colleague of the year award winner Andrew Jones with his manager Eddie Coughlin and Wigan Council supported employement employer egangement officer Kerry Claxton

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A WIGAN man who has a learning disability has been recognised for his hard work and dedication.

Andrew Jones, of Ashton, who works at the Asda depot in Marus Bridge, has been honoured with store colleague of the year 2013 and has been put forward for the regional colleague accolade, which will be decided in the coming months.

Bosses say the 24-year-old, who has a visual impairment and learning difficulties, has shown great commitment to his role as a sales assistant, whilst supporting his two sisters at home, one of whom also has a learning disability.

He lost his dad, John, 74, two years ago, and his mum, Ann, died of cancer, in 2001, aged 44.

He was nominated by manager Eddie Coughlin, who said: “Andrew’s attitude is second to none. He has an amazing attitude regardless of what has happened outside of work. He goes above and beyond the normal call of duty.

“He has brilliant attendance and a punctual record.

“He just wants to do well and deserves recognition.

“He has been given the colleague of the month five times last year and in the run up to Christmas, he was awarded festive colleague.

“I have now nominated him for the regional colleague of the year award, which also covers Lancashire and Cumbria.

“We are very proud of him.”

Andrew joined Netto in 2009, before it transferred to Asda a few years later, through Wigan Council’s supported employment services.

He said: “I feel great to have been recognised and I believe it is important to work hard.”

If there are any businesses in the borough who would like to give someone with a disability a opportunity, call Kerry Claxton from Wigan Council on 01942 828439.