Blackpool pharmacist wins Pride of The Co-operative Award

October 09, 2009

Pharmacist John Proctor from The Co-operative Pharmacy in South King Street, Blackpool, was presented with a Pride of The Co-operative Award at a London ceremony.

John received the trophy prior to the prestigious Pride of Britain Awards, which was broadcast to six million people earlier this week.

To celebrate The Co-operative’s sponsorship of the Pride of Britain Awards, the organisation launched its own quest to find employees who deserve the title, “Pride of The Co-operative”.

And after hundreds of nominations and a rigorous judging process, Group Chief Executive Peter Marks was thrilled to present 10 deserving winners with their awards in London. He was joined by Co-operative Ambassador and former England footballer Bryan Robson, who also congratulated each of the winners on their achievements.

John was nominated in recognition of his excellent customer service. He is regarded as the “face of the pharmacy” and is highly regarded by his customers.  Many patients treat John as a confidante, and he enthusiastically embraces initiatives such as prescription collection and delivery services, medication reviews and minor ailments services.

The winners received an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pride of Britain Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, as well as £250 for a charity of their choice, £250 shopping vouchers and a luxury makeover in preparation for the event.

The terrific 10 were invited to receive their awards at a special lunch held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, prior to the star-studded Pride of Britain Awards, where they were able to rub shoulders with “A List” celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Simon Cowell and Gary Lineker.

And the winners also got exclusive access to the after-show party, where they mingled with stars, including pop bands JLS, Girls Aloud, TV presenter Kelly Brook and street dance stars, Diversity.

John is pictured (centre) with Peter Marks Chief Executive of The Co-operative Group (right) and former England footballer Bryan Robson.

Group Chief Executive Peter Marks said at the lunch event: "I want to personally congratulate John and the other winners because this is a very special award in recognition of their valuable contributions. It’s these people and others like them who make a difference to our business, and who show our co-operative difference in action.”