Apprentice Tam Hardman was unable to collect a top award in person because she had gone into labour!
Tam, from the Regenda Group, was oblivious to the fact that she had just been named Apprentice of the Year at the Women In Business Awards 2015.
Instead the 21 year-old was in a Liverpool hospital giving birth to her baby daughter.
Project leader Kevin Short, who collected the award on Tam's behalf, said: "It was such a shame that Tam wasn’t there to receive it personally but she did have a great excuse! Tam is a leader, a hard-working young woman who is an inspiration to her neighbours, her peers and just about everyone who comes into contact with her.”
Tam left school early without many recognised qualifications and had her first baby aged 16. She joined the Regenda Community Wellbeing Apprenticeship programme at 19 and has since developed an impressive range of organisational and project management skills.
“Her efforts have benefitted communities across Liverpool, especially in her native Anfied and Everton. Last year she completed her NVQ Level 2 in Community Arts and she has recently been appointed to a permanent job with Regenda as a Community Wellbeing Coach for a group of new apprentices starting this spring," added Kevin.
Mother and baby, Poppy, are both doing well.