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Lollipop Lady celebrates an incredible 50 years of dedicated service

PENTYRCH Primary School will celebrate a remarkable milestone this week, as Hazel Davies marks 50 years of service as a lollipop lady.

Known for her motto, “Safe Journey Home” Hazel has dedicated her life to ensuring the safety of children and their families on the roads and, regardless of the weather, she has become a consistent and reassuring presence at the school.

During her time as a Cardiff Council School Crossing Patrol, Hazel has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her services and her commitment and inspirational spirit have made her a beloved figure in the community. She has educated generations on road safety and has even inspired her daughter and husband, John to take up the role.

Sarah Coombes, Executive Headteacher of Pentyrch Primary School, praised Hazel’s dedication, stating, “Hazel is an integral part of the Pentyrch School Community and we would all like to congratulate her on this remarkable achievement as she celebrates 50 years as a Lollipop Lady.

“Hazel has given her life in service to the families of Cardiff schools, spending the last 27 years at Pentyrch Primary School. She makes a point of getting to know all of our families and goes out of her way to chat to everyone. Her spirit never wavers and come rain or shine she is out on the crossing day in day out keeping the children safe. The school community is hugely grateful to her for her dedication and commitment as she celebrates her special day.”

A Cardiff Council spokesperson said: “Cardiff Council would like to thank Hazel for her outstanding service to schools and give recognition for her contribution to keeping local communities safe for five decades. She is clearly a very respected character in the community and her dedication and commitment have been unwavering.

“We are grateful for the support she has given to promote safeguarding and road safety amongst children and young people. Congratulations to Hazel on this amazing achievement.”