GLORIA Maw is celebrating a quarter of a century of providing vital help for Wearsiders with disabilities.
The administration and finance clerk began working at Northeast Disability Resource Centre (NDRC) in July 1988, and has been a hit with users of the service ever since.
She has been with the centre since it was based in the grounds of Havelock Hospital, then Villiers Street in Hendon, before moving to Cork Street in the East End seven years ago.
The centre helps people with disabilities by providing day-care services
Caring Gloria was honoured for her length of service with a special presentation by the centre’s vice-chairman Mary Smith.
Grandmother-of-two Gloria, 67, of Downhill, said: “I just can’t believe it’s been 25 years. It seems to have gone so quickly. I love the job and always have done.”
Despite her age, Gloria admits she still feels happy to continue working at the centre.
“I’m no longer five days a week now, I only do three days, and next year I might go down to two days.
“But I’ve got another clerk who works with me, so that is a big help.”
More than 50 people come through the doors of NDRC each week, some who have been using the centre’s services for 40 years.
Stuart Johnson, managing director at NDRC, said: “Gloria was a bit shellshocked, but I’m glad we managed to surprise her.
“Over the years, the centre has been built around her so she’s been a bit of a stalwart for us.”
For NDRC, call 565 9206.