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West Dorset farmer wins national award
4:40pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
A FARMER from West Dorset has been crowned UK worker of the year 2013.
Judi James, 53, from Littlebredy, set up her own RSPCA Freedom Foods veal production unit alongside her farming duties.
In a ceremony in Reading Judi was voted the winner of the national competition by the audience, and chose a Suzuki Swift as her prize.
Judi said: "I can’t believe I’ve won. To think I’ve been recognised for my years of hard work has made me incredibly happy. It’s a lot more than winning a car or a motorbike. The title of UK Worker of the Year means so much to me and I’ll always cherish this moment."
She impressed the audience with her passion and commitment towards her job. Judi also spoke of her desire to set up farming activities to raise money for her breast cancer charity as well as her aim to inspire other women to take on farming as a profession.
Maurice Moreton, sales and marketing director for event sponsors Dickies, said: "I just want to congratulate all of our eight finalists and everyone else who entered the competition. It’s important to recognise such hard workers in the UK and all eight individuals standing on the stage today were worthy winners."
The award recognises and rewards excellence in the UK workforce.
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