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04 December 2019

Mandy’s an award winner!

In 2011 Mandy Gilmour fled an abuse relationship and with her daughters entered the refuge at East Lindsey. Nine years on she is the manager of the service and has been presented with an award in recognition of her dedication.

The team at ELDAS (East Lindsey Domestic Abuse Service) nominated Mandy for the Angela Mountain ‘Dedication to Service’ award and she won! The award was presented on Friday morning by Lara Iggluden (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Manager for EDAN Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service).

Lara said: “All of the nominations were of a high standard but it was a unanimous decision that Mandy should win. She is a deserving winner who goes above and beyond for survivors of domestic abuse, and is a wonderful role model for her team.”

Mandy works tirelessly, ensuring all the residents at ELDAS achieve their full potential. She often shares her experience with residents, gains their trust and can fully empathise with living at a refuge. Many residents are inspired by Mandy’s journey, it gives them hope for their own future.

She is very passionate about the service and always strives to improve it and raise awareness of domestic abuse. In 2018, she organised the ‘Souls of our Shoes’ exhibition in recognition of the men and women who lose their lives each year.

This year, Mandy organised the ‘Walk a mile in their shoes’ event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event raised over £1,000 for ELDAS, helping to ensure courses such as the ‘Freedom Programme’ and ‘You and Me, Mum Programme’ can continue to be delivered to the residents and local community.

She’s already begun work on next year’s walk.

Congratulations to Mandy and thanks for everything you do!

Notes:

The Angela Mountain ‘Dedication to Service’ award was established in September 2018 in memory of Angela Mountain. She was the IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) manager from 2009 to 2018 until she sadly lost her battle with cancer.

Throughout her career she worked with some of the most vulnerable people and always worked her hardest to be their voice. The Dedication to Service award is for those who go above and beyond in the field of domestic abuse. Mandy is the second recipient.