Long service award for Coverage Care’s Jean

Coverage Care has marked the dedication of its longest serving employee with a special ceremony.

The county’s largest independent care provider hosted a surprise reception to mark the long service of 68-year-old Jean Jones, who has worked at Coton Hill House in Shrewsbury for 40 years.

Coverage Care - Coton Hill House, Jean Jones, 40 yrs of service. David Coull and Jean Jones.

Jean, who lives in Mount Pleasant, has been a care assistant at the home on Corporation Lane since January 1975. She started working at the home as a support worker before the Queen officially opened it later that year.

She has since progressed to become a care assistant and completed a Level 2 NVQ in Health and Social Care in 2004.

Family including her husband Colin, friends and colleagues sprang the surprise on Jean, who thought she was attending a tea party at Coton Hill House on January 12. Coverage Care Chief Executive David Coull presented Jean’s long service award to her.

He said: “At Coverage Care, we know that staff like Jean are the backbone of our organisation and what helps us to achieve the high standard of care that we provide at our homes.

“It is always great to be part of a celebration like this and I wanted to thank Jean for her commitment to caring. Jean is loved by all who meet her. She has very high standards and always goes the extra mile, playing a very important part in the lives of hundreds of residents over the years.”

Jean, who has no plans to retire at the moment, said: “I was genuinely shocked by the surprise party. Although I have been a carer for 40 years, I still enjoy my job and look forward to going to work. I have had the pleasure of looking after some lovely people and thoroughly enjoy worked at Coton Hill House.”

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