MBE honour for volunteer Eileen
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