A MUM who has dedicated her life to helping others find employment has won an award for her efforts.
Hayley Taylor, better known as the Fairy Jobmother, whose quest to find people jobs became the subject of a hit TV show, walked away with the Sue Ryder Yorkshire Woman of Achievement Award for her services to education.
Speaking about the award win Hayley, of Warmsworth, said: “I was absolutely gobsmacked to win. I was in a category with so many inspirational people including headteachers and a retired detective sergeant so to win was amazing.
“I was a snivelling wreck when they announced it. I was just crying like a baby.
“For me this is the biggest achievement in my career because I have been recognised for what I’ve been doing for the past 21 years which is educating people back into work, this just epitomises everything I do.
“Some people may just see me as a host of a TV show I don’t realise what I do so this is a massive personal achievement.”
Hayley. 45. who has a daughter, Morgan, 15, was nominated by former colleague Mavis Betts.
She said: “I only found out two weeks before that I was nominated.
“I took Mavis along with me on the night. When I won she grabbed me and was kissing me and I had her dark red lipstick all over my face.
“It was a great night, for me it was like the Baftas.”
Mavis said: “She is from a traditional background and has worked enormously hard to get where she is today, but Hayley is very much an outside the box thinker.
“She has provided proof that claimants of benefits are not feckless or over-indulged. Hayley understands the absolute fear people have of even trying to venture out, to believe in themselves.
“Hayley is talented in helping people in desperate situations. She doesn’t judge them and she is never angry.
“She is no stranger to hard times herself. Her family have also struggled financially because of low income and unemployment, and the resulting loss of faith in who you are.”
Hayley is currently back on our screens tackling America’s unemployed for the More4 series.
Plans in the pipeline include working with schools to encourage kids to develop a work ethic and appearing in a BBC programme, the details of which are top secret at this stage.