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Lesley-Jane Holt, a National Manager at Remploy, the specialist recruitment agency for people with disabilities and other complex barriers to employment, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London, the Bury Times reports.
Mrs. Holt helped establish Remploy's professional cleaning company to train people with disabilities and health conditions in cleaning techniques. Remploy's so-called cleaning academy was established five years ago and has helped more than 600 people with disabilities to gain employment in the retail and commercial sectors.
For centuries, the Freedom of the City of London has given holders of the title the right to trade in the capital. Still a significant honour, the Freedom is one of the necessary qualifications for holders of the office of Lord Mayor, Sheriff, Alderman or Common Councilman.
Other notable recipients of the award were Diana Princess of Wales, Nelson Mandela and Florence Nightingale.
After the award ceremony at London's Guild Hall Mrs. Holt said, "I was delighted to receive the honour on behalf of my colleagues and all the candidates we have supported into employment."