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Hugh Baird College’s Sandra Clelland honoured with MBE

Hugh Baird College staff member, Sandra Clelland from Bootle has been recognised for her service to the local community by being awarded an MBE.

Sandra began working as a contract cleaner at Hugh Baird College in 1997 and progressed to a supervisor role before being appointed as a permanent member of the estates security staff in 2002. As someone who has lived in Liverpool all her life, she is a fiercely proud Scouser and takes pride in working for an organisation focussed on improving the local community and the development of its students in order to enable them to embark on a successful career path.

In addition, to working full time at the College, Sandra is at the forefront of charitable activities in the local community and at the College, regularly giving up her time to promote and support fundraising for those most in need.

Her charity work has benefited a local child and family connect contact centre, a number of Merseyside based homeless charities, local food banks and most notably Hugh Baird College's nominated charity, Kids In Need and Distress (KIND).

On Thursday, 13th December 2018, Sandra travelled to London to attend an Investiture held at Buckingham Palace where she received her MBE from the Prince of Wales.

Hugh Baird College Principal and Chief Executive Yana Williams said:

Sandra personifies the College’s mission to inspire, challenge and transform lives and all at Hugh Baird College are incredibly proud of her and the amazing work she does. I know that everyone associated with the College from students to Governors; join me in congratulating her on this thoroughly well-deserved achievement.

Hugh Baird College Chair of Governors, Mr David Crosby added:

Many congratulations to Sandra on her receiving the MBE award. This is indeed a great honour and recognition for her many years of dedication and hard work in helping and supporting the community of Bootle with her tireless charity work.

Sandra Clelland said:

When I first received the letter from the Queen, I thought one of my friends or family were playing a joke on me. But once I realised they weren’t I was delighted, honoured and humbled all at the same time. Travelling to Buckingham Palace and meeting Prince Charles was an amazing experience and something I will never forget.

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