Staff are the pride of the community

Joanna Lumlyt with  Rosarie Noon, Stephen Dobson and  Sacha Berendji
Joanna Lumlyt with Rosarie Noon, Stephen Dobson and Sacha Berendji

TWO caring shop workers have seen their community work recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Rosarie Noon, 43, and Stephen Dobson, 49, who both work at Marks and Spencer in Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, were jointly presented with the company’s Local Community Champion of the Year award.

The honour was given in recognition of the workers’ quick-thinking response to the Morpeth flood in September 2012.

The pair secured £10,000 through the M&S Business Continuity Initiative and Plan A to help people who had to flee their homes.

They offered shelter in the store’s coffee shop, provided clothing, children’s essentials and bottled water, and also arranged for food parcels to be delivered.

They have also supported the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline project in the town.

More than 200 employees were nominated in the Pride of M&S Plan A Awards and the winners were presented with their certificates at a ceremony in London, attended by Joanna Lumley.

Ms Noon said: “It was a fantastic surprise to win the award.

“Stephen and I were so happy to be able to help local people at such a difficult time. One customer who was made homeless with her little boy still comes into the store to give us a hug to show her appreciation, and to be further recognised by winning this award really is the icing on the cake.”

The awards aim to recognise employees’ achievements in supporting their communities through environmental, volunteer and fund-raising work.

Plan A is the company’s eco and ethical programme.