A FUNERAL worker with 20 years service has been honoured with an award.
Helen Aisbitt works at Mason and Martin funeral home, in Park Road, Hartlepool.
And after years of hard work and dedication serving the bereaved families from the Hartlepool Mail area, she has this week been handed a long-service award by her bosses.
The award also comes with a gratuity – a cheque of an undisclosed sum.
Funeral director Gerald Martin said: “Helen really deserves this award for long service.
“She has served the company and the families we serve excellently over the years.
“As a company we care for our employees.
“Helen is vital to our organisation, as are all of our staff.
“We are happy and proud to hand her the award and the gratuity.”
Helen, who lives in the town, is a funeral service arranger and started working for the firm 20 years ago at its Billingham branch.
She then moved to the Wingate arm of the firm, before moving to Hartlepool where she is currently based.
Mr Martin has also decided to dedicate a long service award to another worker John Darwin, who lives in Sedgefield, who began his career with Mason and Martin in Hartlepool a decade ago.
Gerald said he used to be a pitman before applying for a job with the funeral home.
He currently works as a funeral service operative, carrying out driving and bearing duties.
Gerald said: “Just like Helen, I saw the potential in him.
“I believed he would do a good job with us and he has.
“They still look forward to coming forward to work, not many people can say that after all of this time.
“Helen is as pleasant as the day, and so is John.
“They are both lovely people.
“It’s employees like these that help us provide our excellent service.”