A WOMAN who has helped thousands of people into work during her 27-year career in a job centre has been awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Hartlepool woman Judith Hall was nominated for the honour by colleagues at JobCentre Plus, in Wesley Square, where she has spent more than two-and-a-half decades working at helping people in town get out of the dole queue.
And the mum of three and grandmother-of-one, who also worked on Hartlepool Action Team for Jobs from 2000 to 2006, and at Billingham and Stockton job centres, also volunteers for Hartlepool Rover’s Rugby Club where she works in the club shop helping to sell its merchandise.
Judith, 55, said she received a letter asking if she would accept the MBE a couple of weeks ago, a request she accepted, and then was overwhelmed to see her name on the list of MBE recipients at the weekend.
Judith, who is mum to process operator Simon Hall, 31, accountant Philip Hall, 29, who lives in Bermuda, and Katherine Kerr, 27, a finance officer, is now waiting to hear details of when she will be visiting Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.
“I couldn’t believe it I was absolutely delighted,” she told the Hartlepool Mail.
“I’m still a bit shocked now though because it makes you wonder what I have done to deserve this when you look at all the other people who have been given MBEs as well.
“It just shows you can get recognised for things you do at work and in your spare time.”
Judith, who is married to Brian Hall, 50, and has a nine-month-old grandson Oliver Hall, added: “My family is really proud of me as well, they’re delighted, they couldn’t believe it. I’ll have letters after my name.
“I’m now just waiting to hear when I’m going to be invited to the palace and I think I can take three guests so it’ll be fun in our family deciding who is going to go!
“It really is an honour and it’s extra special because it’s in the Jubilee year as well.”