Our very own Jackie Kennedy won the coveted Frontline Heroes category at the IWFM Impact Awards, held on Monday 16th October at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London.

Jackie has been a valued member of the 14forty cleaning team at the Essar Refinery in Stanlow, Cheshire, for 13 years, but it is her selfless and community-minded spirit that won over the IWFM judges. Jackie continuously thinks of ways to raise money for good causes, as well as devoting her own time to support those who are less fortunate.

Cleaning up to make a difference

At the refinery, Jackie cleans the changing-room facilities and often comes across loose change on the floor – usually around £20 per month. Recently, Jackie asked if she could use the money to buy feminine hygiene products for Ukrainian refugees, resulting in a donation of more than £200. 

After learning of Jackie’s initiative it was introduced across the sub-contractor’s European sites, raising £110,000 for the German Red Cross, a society that helps people in need. 

Outside of work, Jackie is dedicated to her community, helping young people dealing with homelessness or facing substance-abuse problems. She also works with local support groups to offer emergency accommodation and a listening ear.

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Making a positive change

Mauro Ortelli, Managing Director at 14forty, said: “What started as a small initiative has ultimately changed many lives around the world.  We are incredibly proud of Jackie and all that she has achieved both in and out of work. Jackie fully deserves her Frontline Heroes Award and to see her win was a very special moment for all of us."

“It’s also a shining example of our people-first strategy, where we seek to employ, develop and retain the right individuals who truly embody our company’s values.”

The IWFM awards are a beacon of excellence, shining a light on best practices and outstanding individuals.