Seevic lecturer honoured at Buckingham Palace
Monday, 02 June 2014
A lecturer at Seevic College attended an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 29 April this year, where she was presented with an award by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal.
Mrs Kimberley Allen has worked in the Health & Social Care sector for just over decade, spending the past six years as an educator. She was first honoured with a Medal of Excellence from City & Guilds, recognising the fantastic work she has undertaken in the field of Health & Social Care.
Kimberley said: “I was teaching a ‘Preparing to Work in Care Certificate’, with Vocational Training Services and in partnership with the Jobcentre, which was awarded by City & Guilds. I designed the curriculum, and it was a very short time to fit everything in – just five days a week over six weeks.
“It went really well, and we achieved really high rates of employment afterwards. The people at the JobCentre said that it was the first time they’d had a waiting list of people wanting to go on a particular course, and the employers. I was the only Health and Social Care tutor this year to win a Medal of Excellence, and I was also the only person to win the Tallow Chandlers’ Award this year as well.”
In being nominated for the City & Guilds Award, Kimberley was also automatically entered for an additional honour; the ‘Health, Care and the Community Award’, presented by the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers – an historic Livery Company in the City of London.
This additional prize recognised not only Kimberley’s fantastic work in education, but her contribution to the care sector as a whole, as well as her numerous charitable endeavours.
Kimberley worked for Mencap before going into teaching, and is a prolific fundraiser for a variety of good causes; she cycled across Cuba in 2012 to support Motor Neurone Disease and ran the 2014 London Marathon, just two weeks before she went to Buckingham Palace, in support of Sense. She has also been accepted to run the London Marathon again in 2015, where she will raise funds for the NSPCC.
Nick Spenceley, Seevic Principal and Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that Kimberley has received this special honour. We're all proud of her achievements, and pleased that she has recently joined our strong Health and Social Care team at the college.”
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