Award for giving disabled a full life

Livability Awards, Lambeth Palace, Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7JU.'Award presented by HRH The Princess Royal.
Livability Awards, Lambeth Palace, Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7JU.'Award presented by HRH The Princess Royal.

A WOMAN who works with disabled people in Brackley has been recognised for her outstanding work by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal.

Dawn Gentry is deputy manager for Lifestyle Choices - The Links in Brackley, and received the award from Princess Anne during a ceremony at Lambeth Palace last month.

Livability Awards, Lambeth Palace, Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7JU.'Award presented by HRH The Princess Royal.

Livability Awards, Lambeth Palace, Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7JU.'Award presented by HRH The Princess Royal.

Mrs Gentry has worked with at the service since 1990 helping disabled people live life to the full and helping them to find work, training and recreational activities.

The Links is run by leading national disability charity Livability based on the Buckingham Road Industrial Estate.

A spokesman for Livability said: “Dawn’s colleagues describe her as being someone who is ‘a great leader,’ respected by both staff and service users for her professionalism and fairness. “Service users particularly love her willingness to take them out in the evenings, to go dancing or for a curry.

“Dawn is someone who embraces change and really speaks up for our service users.”

The Princess Royal is the patron of Livability and the awards were created to recognise the charity’s unsung heroes. Every year managers and staff nominate colleagues who they believe have made a special contribution in support of Livability.

Mrs Gentry said: “I am delighted to have received this award and would like to thank all my colleagues for nominating me. It is really rewarding to be able to help disabled people enjoy independent and fulfilling lives.”

This year the charity received 30 nominations, Anne Strach, human resources director for Livability said: “These awards are a true recognition of the hard work, commitment, skill and values of our staff. We are delighted to have so many fantastic winners this year and we want to praise them for the real difference they make to the lives of disabled and vulnerable people all over the UK.”