Pub hailed in awards for helping charity

Paula Gillison of the Marine Boathouse accepts the Employer Award for its loyal commitment to Linkages Toynton All Saints students. ANL-161207-161854001
Paula Gillison of the Marine Boathouse accepts the Employer Award for its loyal commitment to Linkages Toynton All Saints students. ANL-161207-161854001

A Skegness pub which has laid on Christmas celebrations for a learning disability charity for more than 15 years has been thanked at the ninth annual Bateman awards.

The Marine Boathouse, in Lumley Road, was given the Employer Award for its loyal commitment to Linkage’s Toynton All Saints students, clients and staff.

Every year, proprietors Dean and Paula Gillison throw a festive party for Linkage, catering for more than 150 people in 2015, and they also provide work experience opportunities.

Speaking at the ceremony – held at Grimsby Minster in memory of George Bateman, the founding and longest-serving chairman of Linkage – Paula said: “It has become part of our Christmas and we love having the people from Linkage there.”

In second place came Car Services, of Grimsby, which has embraced deaf student Dylan Behrens in his work experience. In third, came Green Futures, a Grimsby-based environmental community business.

The Marine Boathouse was one of three Skegness winners. The new George Bateman Award, for an individual who should be recognised for their outstanding contribution to Linkage life, was won by Skegness-based client, Charlotte Hampson.

Charlotte has been very active in performing arts on and off stage, including the recent show at the Embassy Theatre. She is now doing a work trial at Farmer Brown’s at Huttoft, near Alford.

Skegness-based Registered Care Manager, Julia Alderson, received the Chief Executive’s Award. Her nomination included reference to her dedication to the clients and staff at the houses she manages, St Andrew’s and Rosslyn.

There was a mention of lobbying MPs for new diabetes technology on the NHS, supporting a client to make homemade wedding presents for his brother, and creating sculptures out of tyres.