A huge congratulations to Linda Hepworth, a Practice Health Champion from City View GP practice, who won this year’s prestigious award of PA in the Community at a ceremony in Leeds on 2nd July. The awards, organised by the PA Hub Network, aim to celebrate the achievements of PAs across the Yorkshire region in supporting their employers and wider communities.
The award, presented to Linda by Matthew Want, PA to CEO of Marcham Publishing, highlights her commitment to a number of volunteering roles which she balances with her full time job as a PA. Such roles include supporting the activities of the Leeds Horticultural Society, the Dignity and Respect Network and St Gemma’s Hospice, as well as her local GP Practice, City View. From organising events, making cakes and preserves, selling tickets for events and being an active representative in all her roles, Linda demonstrates a huge array of admirable skills and invaluable contributions.
Over at City View, Linda works alongside staff and fellow Champions in supporting their 12,500 patients improve their health and wellbeing in a range of innovative and new ways.
On receiving her award, Linda said:
“Speaking to the other nominees in the same category, I was humbled when I heard about the work they carry out in their communities and I feel privileged to be in a position to be able to volunteer in my community”.
Other examples of the ways Linda has supported her practice include working with others in setting up a regular tea and coffee morning for community members and also helping to run a community health fair, inviting organisations from across Leeds to take part. Her most recent project is setting up and sourcing funding for City View’s allotment project, an initiative aimed at helping patients to get more active and feel happier through a love of gardening and growing fresh fruit and vegetables.
Commenting on Linda’s role at City View, Director for Altogether Better, Alyson McGregor said:
“Linda and the Practice Health Champions have been doing some great work with staff at the City View Medical Centre over the last 4 years and every time I meet Linda she has a new story to share about the things they are doing to improve the health of local people. I am delighted that Linda’s fabulous and generous contribution has been recognised and I am sure she will share this recognition with her fellow health champions”
Another congratulations to Linda from Altogether Better – we look forward to seeing what you do next!
You can find out more about the awards by clicking here. For further information about the work Linda is involved with, please contact Altogether Better.