More awards recognition for ‘unsung hero’ Elaine

Telford College health and social care tutor Elaine Colley has picked up another award.

Elaine, who was a winner at last year’s Shropshire Chamber Champion Awards after going back to the NHS to help on the hospital front line, has now received a certificate of recognition from Telford & Wrekin.

More than 300 individuals and groups across the borough were nominated for the Telford and Wrekin Heroes Awards, and Elaine has been recognised in the ‘Unsung Hero’ category.

Elaine, who qualified as a nurse in 1995, has been teaching at Telford College for the past 14 years. But she signed up to help Covid patients on the respiratory ward at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton at the start of the pandemic.

Elaine Colley | Telford College
Elaine Colley with her Unsung Hero certificate

Councillor Amrik Jhawar, mayor of the borough, said Elaine was put forward as ‘one of the wonderful people or groups that do so much in our community’.

He said the certificate of recognition was designed to ‘reflect and always remind you of the wonderful support you provide’.

“The certificates are just a small gesture of gratitude that we believe the nominees will be proud to receive in recognition for all they do,” he said. “Hearing the stories has been lovely, a real inspiration to us all.”

Elaine will also be part of a power-packed panel of speakers at a special Shropshire Chamber of Commerce conference for International Women’s Day on March 8, when she will be sharing her story.

The line-up also includes former Telford College student Deborah Mitchell, who now runs the multi-million pound Heaven range of anti- ageing, skincare products.

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