Colleagues at Lincolnshire Co-op have been celebrated this week for their efforts during the pandemic.
The community retailer would usually hold an awards ceremony to honour teams across the business, but due to restrictions it wasn’t possible this year.
Instead, the Society held a week-long virtual celebration which culminated in all 2,900 colleagues working for Lincolnshire Co-op being given an award and a £50 gift to celebrate their achievements over the past year.
Gold, silver, and bronze Branch of the Year awards – based on factors including positive customer feedback and service delivery – were also given out during the week.
Lincolnshire Co-op also gave out additional special awards during the week for 23 colleagues across the Society who had gone above and beyond.
This included Pharmacist Tony Hayer from Newland Pharmacy in Lincoln, who was named as a Trustworthy Colleague of the Year.
Despite increased pressure during the pandemic, Tony received countless letters of appreciation from members of the public, with one customer describing him as an ‘exceptional personality’.
Marc Brooks, Head of Pharmacy at Lincolnshire Co-op said: “Tony is an excellent pharmacist and puts others first at all times.
“Customers often tell us what a credit he is to the pharmacy profession and to the Society.
“He’s selfless in all his work so I’m really proud of Tony for getting this award.
“It’s great recognition for his achievements over the years at Lincolnshire Co-op.”
Julie Holmes-Boardman from Tritton Road Funeral Home in Lincoln was recognised for her leadership and proactive response during a difficult time.
Emma Bell was commended for her community-focused approach to her role as Team Leader at Queen Elizabeth Food Store in Lincoln.
The Society’s Chief Executive, Ursula Lidbetter said: “Our award-winning Branches of the Year have all excelled in the providing their valued services, despite the challenges of the pandemic.
“And our individual winners have demonstrated everything that makes us special as an organisation.
“Every colleague has played a part this year, so it’s fantastic that we are able to celebrate our collective achievements, as well as individual accolades.”