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Counselling chief of Relate Harrow to get national award
A woman who has helped people from across the borough is to be given a national award in recognition of her service.
Harrow Relate chief executive Hazel Hewett is set to receive a national award and will be one of 25 Relate Heroes from across the country helping the charity celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Relate is a counselling organisation which helps families going through personal issues and offers support to individuals, couples and families experiencing a wide range of difficulties.
Mrs Hewett has led the charity in the borough for 15 years but will step down later this month.
She said: “I have to say when I was told I would be up for the award I was quite surprised. It is great to be recognised nationaly for your work.
“I am extremely proud of the work I have done here over the years and to work with the fantastic team we have.
“There have been a lot of changes over the years. When I first came into the role we worked mainly with couples but now we see whole families and do a lot of work with children.
“In recent years more people have been coming to us a result of financial issues due to bills going up or someone losing a job. These sort of things can have a massive impact on a relationship and an entire family.
“Looking back I think one of the personal highlights for me was when we had flowers from a couple we helped with a card telling us they had just had their first baby. That really makes me smile.”
Harrow Relate is based at the Civic Centre, in Station Road.
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