MBE hon­our for vol­un­teer Eileen

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AVOL­UN­TEER teach­ing as­sis­tant has been hon­oured by the Queen for years of ded­i­ca­tion to chil­dren.

Eileen Keel­ing, 73, was made an MBE in recog­ni­tion of her work with pupils at Pic­tor School in Tim­per­ley over the past 25 years.

Eileen’s role in­volved ar­riv­ing early to help to set up the class­room, greet­ing the chil­dren, and pro­vid­ing them with in­di­vid­ual and group support.

An ex­cel­lent cook, she took a lead with cook­ery ac­tiv­i­ties, helped chil­dren in the hy­drother­apy pool and pro­vided support on out­ings and events.

She first joined

the school in 1989 and only ex­pected to stay for a few weeks, after be­ing re­quired to find a place­ment for a care in the com­mu­nity course she was tak­ing purely for en­joy­ment, at South Traf­ford Col­lege.

De­spite re­cently re­tir­ing, Eileen still plans to help out at the school, in­clud­ing at its Christ­mas fair.

The MBE was con­ferred to Eileen by HM The Queen at Buck­ing­ham Palace ear­lier this month, in front of hus­band Ge­of­frey, son Michael and daugh­ter in law Lianne.

Eileen said: “I’ve al­ways been im­pressed with the work of the school’s won­der­ful staff, and the progress achieved by the pupils was all the re­ward I wanted.”

Eileen Keel­ing out­side Buck­ing­ham Palace after re­ceiv­ing her MBE

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