Village’s pride as two win top business prizes

Staff of Life Inn employee Harry Dunne, right, receives his Young Apprentice of the Year Award during a ceremony at Nelson and Colne College

Staff of Life Inn employee Harry Dunne, right, receives his Young Apprentice of the Year Award during a ceremony at Nelson and Colne College

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It was a great night for Cornholme as two of its residents picked up top prizes at a college’s annual business awards.

The catering manager at Cornholme School and an apprentice at one of the village’s pubs were presented with awards during the ceremony at Nelson and Colne College.

Karen Gallagher, who runs the kitchen team at Cornholme School, won the Workplace Learner of the Year Award in the catering and hospitality category.

A college spokesperson said: “Karen is a unit manager for a team of four staff in a school kitchen and she is well respected by colleagues, teachers, children and parents alike.

“Karen’s hard work and sunny disposition ensures that the job gets done to a professional standard and in an enthusiastic and positive manner.”

Karen was unable to attend the ceremony, so Cornholme School headteacher Adam Sapey attended on her behalf.

Mr Sapey said: “I’m very proud of her.

“She is extremely focused and leads the team really well.”

It was also a successful night for Staff of Life Inn employee Harry Dunne, who won the Young Apprentice of the Year Award in the catering and hospitality category.

The college spokesperson said: “Harry is extremely focused on a career in catering, working part-time at the Staff of Life Inn while studying for his GCSEs.

“He has 100 per cent attendance at college and he demonstrates excellent practical skills while working hard on theory, which is reflected in his test results.

“Harry is passionate about food and is well motivated, meaning that he has become a key member of the kitchen team.

“His enthusiasm is infectious. He uses his own initiative and takes responsibility at appropriate times.

“He is very worthy winner at our business awards and we wish him well for a successful future career in catering.”

Harry is a former Cornholme School pupil.