Social worker scoops prize

22nd June 2011'Social workers have been given awards by Unison for their work. Pictured with Pat Garbutt outside the town hall L/R:Sandra Manuel, Susan Frank, Carylyn Scott and Hannah Ferguson.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

22nd June 2011'Social workers have been given awards by Unison for their work. Pictured with Pat Garbutt outside the town hall L/R:Sandra Manuel, Susan Frank, Carylyn Scott and Hannah Ferguson.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

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A SOCIAL worker from South Kirkby has been acknowledged for her dedication to her job.

Sandy Manuel, 50, of Ings Holt, achieved the prestigious accolade at the Unison awards for outstanding social work event that was held last Monday in Manchester.

The proud member of the social work team at Pinderfields Hospital said she was surprised to win.

The mum-of-two said: “I was delighted to win an award, it is so lovely to be recognised for my work.”

Ms Manuel has worked at the hospital for six months, but has been qualified for four years.

She said: “It is such a rewarding job and I thoroughly enjoy going to work. The award is not something I ever expected but it is nice to be acknowledged.”

Fellow Wakefield Council workers Christine Fawcett, Hannah Ferguson, Susan Frank, and Carolyn Scott were also praised for their hard work, and all received a Kindle as prizes. The scheme, set up by Unison, is designed to highlight the outstanding work social workers do.

Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for adults and health, Coun Pat Garbutt, said the awards were a reflection of the excellent standard of social care in the district and hopes their achievement will inspire others to go that extra mile.