A DEDICATED worker has been crowned community employee of the year at international awards.

Becky Gustard from The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) in Newton Aycliffe, was awarded the title at The Investors in People Awards.

The aim of the awards is to recognise someone who is not necessarily in a senior position but works just as hard as any leader, inspiring colleagues to be the very best they can be on a daily basis.

Ms Gustard said she was thrilled to be nominated, elated to become a finalised and overwhelmed to be the overall winner.

Carol Gaskarth, PCP chief executive, said: “Not only is Becky PCP’s longest serving employee, she is highly regarded by everyone she works with.

"I had absolutely no hesitation in nominating Becky for the sheer breadth of her passion, enthusiasm and her willingness to help others which, along with her PCP career journey, is truly remarkable. "Whilst her role is mainly back office Becky loves to see the difference that PCP makes in communities. She always attends the annual general meeting and truly values the work we all do. "Becky is motivated by PCP’s mission and often moved to tears with the stories of personal success and the journey of our clients. Caring, compassionate, supportive and friendly are words I would use to sum up Becky. She has made a huge contribution to the organisation, she's always been a winner in my eyes and now she is the winner on the global stage."