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Medway lollipop man basks in sweet success

Date: 21/11/2008           Category: Childrens Care

Lollipop man Bill Thomas has been recognised as top of the lollipops following Kwik Fit Insurance’s search for the UK’s Lollipop Person of the Year. Members of the media are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter Hempstead Infant School on Wednesday, 26 November at 1.15pm for the presentation of Bill’s silver lollipop trophy. Bill has worked with Hempstead Infant School in Gillingham for the past five years and many pupils at the school gave their support to Bill by sending poems, paintings and drawings endorsing his good work. Despite tough competition, Bill aged 77, scooped the regional prize for the south-east winning £500 in travel vouchers, £100 in book vouchers for the school and a specially engraved trophy in the shape of a silver lollipop. The awards are in their fifth year and have been a huge success with more than 15,000 nominations flooding in from primary school pupils, teachers, school councils, parents and members of the community. Headteacher at Hempstead Infant School Kate Dadd said: “Our pupils have really gone to town on this competition and it’s great that their entries have been recognised in this way. “Bill loves his lollipop job and calls the school his family. He’s truly one of a kind and here in all weathers. Bill is dedicated to his job and to the children and for that we all love him.” Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks added: “Bill has quite rightly been recognised for his outstanding work at Hempstead Infant School. Keeping our children safe on the roads is one of our most important aims and Bill’s dedication means that pupils can feel safe on their way to and from school. Bill should be very proud of this achievement.” Bill now has the chance to win the overall UK title where he could win a £1,500 holiday, £200 in book vouchers for his school and a school visit from Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson.