Llandudno support worker wins award for supporting young person

A SUPPORT worker was invited to Buckingham Palace after winning an award for his hard work. Brian Lane from Llandudno has been awarded the prestigious City and Guilds Medal for Excellence.

The dad-of-three was commended for his support of a young person suffering a long term illness to continue access to the medical care they needed.

The personal advisor for Conwy’s leaving care team has a Health and Social Care NVQ specialising in children and young people.

It was after 14 years of working in the leisure industry that Brian made the switch to support work.

“I’m overwhelmed with this recognition but I’m under no illusion – this was a team effort by everyone involved,” he said.

“I worked with colleagues and the close friends and family of the young person to encourage them to access the treatment regularly.

“I often had to explain the benefits and pitfalls of not attending treatment and sometimes be quite blunt about what was at stake.”

Brian attended a ceremony in Cardiff and was then selected to represent Wales at a reception for medal winners at Buckingham Palace, where he met the Duke of Edinburgh.

“I was proud and humbled. My three boys – Miika, nine, Luukas, seven, and Jaani, three – have inspired me, as have my work colleagues, and I see this as a recognition of the services our department provides rather than an individual award,” said Brian.

“Prince Philip was very interested in my job and keen to know how many people were in the team with me and the scale of the area we cover, but he was more interested in Llandudno. He recalled his recent visit and we were both in agreement of what a lovely town it is.”