Award delight for Beer Puffin's Natalie

PUBLISHED: 15:51 09 March 2009 | UPDATED: 08:42 18 June 2010

A BEER Puffins Pre-School worker has received a prestigious national award for her outstanding achievement. Natalie Puddicombe, 36, of Causeway, not only received a highly commended award for a City and Guild Medal of Excellence but was given the top acco

A BEER Puffins Pre-School worker has received a prestigious national award for her outstanding achievement.

Natalie Puddicombe, 36, of Causeway, not only received a highly commended award for a City and Guild Medal of Excellence but was given the top accolade in the Tallow Chandler's Prize.

She was presented with the top prize, a silver candlestick, as well as a medal, certificate and cheque for £500 at a ceremony in London on February 17.

Natalie, who had worked at the pre-school for nine years, was put forward for the guild award by her assessor at Acacia, the company who helped her train for her NVQ Level 3.

The judges were so impressed with the nomination put forward that they went a step further and awarded her the Tallow Chandler's Prize.

Natalie said: "It was really just a shock but it was a fantastic day. The presentation ceremony was at Tallow Chandler's headquarters and my dad and sister came with me. We were wined and dined and we had a brilliant time.

"I would like to thank my assessor, Trish Warwick for supporting me and nominating me for the award."

Trish said: "I am delighted that Natalie's selfless attitude and commitment to her studies has been rewarded in this way. Natalie is the heart and soul of the community."

A presentation ceremony will take place at the pre-school on March 17 at 2.30pm.

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