Pair’s long service recognised with London boat trip

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Long-serving women were given the VIP treatment in recognition for their combined 40 years of outstanding service at a Gosport firm.

Sodexo employees Debra McGuire, of Gosport and Karen Thompson, of Southsea stepped aboard the Bateaux London’s Symphony, the city’s largest restaurant cruise vessel, for afternoon tea to acknowledge each of their 20 years of service.

They joined 140 colleagues from across the UK and Ireland who were all recipients of the long-service award.

Global firm Sodexo, which has an operation based in Military Road, Gosport, delivers on-site service solutions to clients across the UK in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure and defence sectors.

The pair were treated to the famous sites of London and were personally congratulated by the firm’s chief executive Aidan Connolly.

A trip around on the London Eye was the next port of call of the ladies before rounding-off the day with a celebratory dinner at the famous Madame Tussaud’s waxwork museum, where they were presented with a gift in recognition of their service.

Sodexo chief executive Aidan Connolly said: ‘People are the heart of Sodexo.

‘Our business relies on tens of thousands of talented individuals who provide our customers and clients with exceptional service.

‘This annual event is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for people like these, and to show just how much we value and appreciate all the hard work, dedication and loyalty they have shown over the years.’