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West Cheshire College student awards at Ellesmere Port campus. Award winners with Colin Jackson and Nigel Davies
West Cheshire College student awards at Ellesmere Port campus. Award winners with Colin Jackson and Nigel Davies

A WOMAN who works at a community care village for older Wigan borough people has won a top prize.

Christine Baines clinched the Student of the Year Award in cleaning and support services at the 2015 West Cheshire College Awards.

Nominated by her tutors for showing exceptional dedication, commitment and hard work in striving to achieve her goals, she was presented her award by Olympic hurdling legend Colin Jackson in a lavish ceremony at the college’s Ellesmere Port Campus.

The Tyldesley 47-year-old has worked at Belong Atherton for two years as a housekeeping assistant. She won the award based on her work towards a Diploma Level 2 in cleaning and support services, which she completed as part of her continuing professional development.

Christine said: “It was such a surprise to me when one of my teachers told me that I’d won an award. The ceremony was brilliant

“We had a lovely night out and it made me feel like my work is really valued.”

Belong’s head of people Phil Orton said: “The dedication and hard work of all the staff at Belong Atherton enables us to offer exceptional levels of care to our customers and I wasn’t surprised that the college would single Christine out to celebrate her achievements.

“We give all of the Belong Atherton staff opportunities to train on the job and learn new skills and achieve formal qualifications, because it is our people that help us to create such an inclusive community for customers, residents and their families.”

Belong Atherton was recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission, which awarded it an overall rating of Good and a rating of Outstanding as a “well-led” care provider.