Hotel manager praised for heart of gold
Tuesday 19th August 2014
Mabel Levitt, 60, of Overdale Road, Wombwell, has worked at the Encore Ramada hotel in Dodworth since it opened in January 2009.
She started as a part time breakfast host and is now the senior guest services manager, overseeing the whole operation of the hotel in the general managers absence.
She has been nominated in the Triumph over Adversity category by friend and colleague Ben Potterton.
Mabel has faced many adversities in her life, including the death of her son Simon aged 32.
Mabel's husband Roy has had heart problems for the last 15 years and has spent 15 weeks in hospital this year so far. He is now at home and is doing well.
She is also a carer for her 92-year-old mother Violet Nightingale.
** The full story appears in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated August 15. **
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Northern College is one of just four adult residential colleges in England and we draw students from all over the country to come to study in Barnsley.
They are often amazed at the beauty of the college and the surrounding countryside as well as by the friendliness of local people - something else Barnsley can be proud of.
Northern College is keen to support the Proud of Barnsley Awards to help put both the town and the college on the map. The college feels it is an important part of this vibrant town and makes sure it does its bit to get Barnsley more recognition.
People come to the college from many different backgrounds. Men and women of all ages, from 19 to over 70, often with families and dependants, some single parents accompanied by young or school-age children, many familiar with unemployment or part-time, low paid jobs. But what they nearly all have in common is their determination to secure education, qualifications and opportunities they have been previously denied. Some come to the college for short three day courses, some live at the college for nine months.
Principal, Jill Westerman CBE, said: “We are proud of where we are and what we do and this helps us to provide a supportive environment for our students.
“We chose the Triumph Over Adversity award as for many of our students it epitomises their learning journey.
“Every day at the Northern College I see the persistence of Barnsley people who are succeeding against the odds and last year I had the privilege of meeting the finalists for the Triumph Over Adversity award and hearing their stories.
“I was very proud that the Northern College was able to sponsor this award for the second year.”
Jill Westerman CBE