Charity shop boss wins top award

Magdalena Dawson (left) with Sue Ryder director of people, Sally Smith.
Magdalena Dawson (left) with Sue Ryder director of people, Sally Smith.

The manager of a Hucknall charity shop has beat off stiff competition from 300 contenders to scoop a coveted award for her hard work.

Magdalena Dawson, who runs the Sue Ryder shop at the Byron Centre on Ogle Street, has won the Incredible Colleagues award for helping the charity ‘make the future together.’

She travelled to the House of Commons last Tuesday where she was presented with a certificate and a crystal trophy.

Magdalena said: “I was very excited - but it was a shock. I wasn’t expecting it. They nominated me behind my back! I will have to kill them!

“I love my job and I love raising money and awareness for the charity.”

She paid tribute to the staff in the shop and also to the customers who support the charity. Magdalena added: “I am not someone who brags. When I was down in London I thought that everybody in the room was a winner. We’re working to make the future better. We work hard to improve life for people.”

Assistant manager Julie Turner, who works alongside Magdalena in the shop, nominated her boss. She said: “I think she deserves it because she works so hard.

“She really pushes the boundaries. She works after time and visits all the other shops.

“She’s always there for everybody and she goes all out.”

Magdalena (50), who lives in Bulwell, has worked for Sue Ryder for six years and has been manager for five and half years.

Last year she won the charity’s award for best shop.

She has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years, with organisations like Cancer Research UK and Help the Aged.

Sue Ryder director of people, Sally Smith, said: “Magdalena won because she is a very caring person, always there for everyone, works very hard - putting 110 per cent into everything and always has a smile on her face.”

The ‘Incredible Colleagues’ reward programme encourages the charity organisation’s colleagues to celebrate ‘extra special colleague who lives the Sue Ryder values, does incredible work and makes the world a better place.’