Grantham pharmacy worker wins award for idea to help homeless

Employee of the Year silver award winner Cordelia Snowball, centre, with Lincolnshire Co-op Chief Executive Ursula Lidbetter, left, and President Stuart Parker, right. 

Picture: Chris Vaughan Photography
Employee of the Year silver award winner Cordelia Snowball, centre, with Lincolnshire Co-op Chief Executive Ursula Lidbetter, left, and President Stuart Parker, right. Picture: Chris Vaughan Photography
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A mum-of-two has won an award after her idea to collect toiletries for homelessness charities was rolled out across all Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacies.

Cordelia Snowball, a trainee dispensing assistant at Grantham Pharmacy in Winchester Road, won a silver Employee of the Year award at Lincolnshire Co-op’s Celebrating Success awards evening.

She was one of more than 180 colleagues who went up on stage to be recognised for training achievements and great customer service at the event last week.

Mrs Snowball, 37, of Osbournby, thought up the idea during a seminar for pharmacy colleagues.

Attendees were asked for ways to help support 14 homelessness charities selected to benefit from Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme in December, January and February.

She said: “If someone is trying to better themselves and get through job interviews but can’t afford the luxuries that many consider basics, they would have a much better chance of success if they feel comfortable and clean.

“It’s amazing that over 90 boxes have since been collected, and it just shows that sharing your ideas can really make a difference in your community.

“I had no idea I was winning something so was really nervous when I went on stage, but I’m so proud. My parents are over the moon as they both worked for Lincolnshire Co-op previously.”

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Head of People and Performance Heather Lee said: “We couldn’t be any prouder of our colleagues and their achievements. 

“We’re pleased that so many took up training and have completed extra qualifications to

progress their personal and professional development. There are also many wonderful stories of exemplary customer service and teams and individuals striving to help their local communities.” 

The awards were held at Lincolnshire Showground’s Epic Centre.