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Gill tells of joy as she’s put forward for Heart of Ulverston award

ONE of the unsung heroes behind a school’s success was “gobsmacked” to learn she had been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston award.

RECOGNITION Gill McPhillips has been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston Award HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50066165B003

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Gill McPhillips, who has worked as a dinner lady and cleaner at Ulverston Victoria High School, is in the running for the Employee of the Year award.

Whether it’s exam results, musical performances or sporting triumphs, UVHS is no stranger to success and the people of Ulverston are rightfully proud of the town’s only secondary school.

Mrs McPhillips, of Back Fox Street, Swarthmoor, said her fellow cleaners and dinner ladies are equally proud of the part they play.

She said: “It’s very important that we've got to keep the school clean, that’s what keeps us going. We say if we didn't keep the place tidy, then it wouldn't be here.

“I enjoy it and I have a laugh with the kids. It’s nice to see the kids every day and see them go from Year Seven all through the school and especially at prom night.”

Mrs McPhillips, 55, was born in Ulverston and said she was delighted to be recognised for her contribution to her home town.

She said: “I'm absolutely gobsmacked. The best thing about Ulverston is the people, you walk around and you see so many people to talk to.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10. The deadline for nominations has been extended by popular demand to Thursday so there is still time to nominate the groups and individuals that help make Ulverston special.

This year, prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent / Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award.

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