Alison retires after 34-year career with children

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A childcare worker who has been working with children in Burnley for the last 34 years has decided to retire.

Alison Mangham, who ended her career as a Family Learning Mentor at Hapton CE/Methodist Primary School, is now looking forward to celebrating the retirement by going on a family trip to New York.

Everyday she came to school championing the children and come rain or shine she wore a smile everyday

Sheralyn Wheeler

She started her career by helping out new mums at the Edith Watson Maternity Unit at Burnley General Hospital before working at Myrtle Bank Day Nursery.

She then had a career break to bring up her own children Daniel and Alex, and returned to work as a teaching assistant in the 1980s working with reception class children at Todmorden Road Primary School.

With her wealth of experience in early years and helping families she then moved into a Family Learning Mentor role at Heasandford Primary before finishing her career in a similar role at Hapton.

Sheralyn Wheeler, who works at Hapton CE/Methodist Primary School, said: “Alison was an invaluable member of staff and parents and children will miss her alike.

“Everyday she came to school championing the children and come rain or shine she wore a smile everyday.

“We as staff will miss her greatly as well as the children and parents.”