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2019 BBAA Awards 2241 Jo Dewhurst web

Moor Hall's Wedding Co-ordinator, Jo Dewhurst, has won a prestigious Blue Badge Access Award for ensuring that a couple with cerebral palsy had the wedding of their dreams earlier this year.

The Blue Badge Access Awards champion accessibility and the thirteen awards honour the businesses that go the extra mile for their customers. The inaugural award ceremony was held at the Langham Hotel in London with the support of Leonard Cheshire, the charity set up to help individuals to live independently.

Neil Heslop, Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “Awards like this are profoundly important because they shine a light on best practice. Leonard Cheshire works with cross-sector organisations every day in supporting individuals to live, learn and work independently, whatever their disability. We congratulate everyone who has been involved to date and hope many more join in, having been inspired by tonight’s winners.”

Jo Dewhurst beat off stiff competition to win the award for “Above & Beyond” and was also commended for the Employee of the Year award for her caring approach and her determination that a special couple should be treated as “first class citizens”.

Jo spent many hours with the couple, who have to communicate via a voice translator computer, planning and listening carefully to all of their wishes for their wedding reception and she even helped the groom write his speech! After the initial meeting, Jo realised that Moor Hall’s historic sunken garden, a stunning backdrop for wedding photos, was not easy to reach in a wheelchair so she worked with the hotel’s Maintenance team to build a permanent ramp so the couple could access this romantic area. She also ensured that Moor Hall’s accessible room was refurbished in time for the couple’s wedding night.

Sam Goss, Moor Hall’s General Manager, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled that Jo has won this prestigious Blue Badge Access award which is very well deserved. At Moor Hall we always try to exceed our customers’ expectations, and it’s clear that Jo worked extremely hard behind the scenes to take care of every tiny detail so that Helen and Toby’s wedding reception was perfect in every way.”

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