A DEDICATED charity worker from Stratford has scooped a Lifetime Achievement Award at a glittering Midlands awards ceremony.
Jo Payne received the accolade at this year’s The Woman Who Achieves Awards for her work with The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS).
TAAS operates the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA), Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and national Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA).
The award formed part of a Special Awards category designed to celebrate an individual’s dedication, success and passion within their sector.
Ms Payne began her career as a community fundraiser with the lifesaving charity at its inception in 2002. She garnered support from local communities and businesses, exceeding fundraising targets to keep the vital service saving lives.
Ms Payne’s passion and enthusiasm grew as the charity grew, and she continued to drive the charity forward, generating a lot of much-needed income.
She said: “I am genuinely thrilled to have been part of the Woman Who Achieves Awards success this year and was so shocked to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I am incredibly thankful to work for such a vital lifesaving service, and that my passion and resilience have been commended by the judges”.
One of the judges on the night commented: “Everyone loves to do well in their career. However, working in a role from a charity’s inception, where you are constantly up against huge targets simply to fund help for those in life-threatening situations, should be commended”.
The Woman Who Achieves Awards, run by Sandra Garlick MBE, recognise and celebrate the achievements of exceptional women, highlighting those who have made an outstanding contribution to their business, sector or wider community across the Midlands.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the TAAS can visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk