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Cleaner hangs up mop after half-century with Bermondsey charity

An 83-year-old cleaner who has worked at a Bermondsey charity for half a century celebrated her retirement with a special party last week.

Hard-working June Morgan finally hung up her mop on October 28, 50 years since first joining Bede House as a cleaner in 1932.

She has been a constant presence at the charity, which helps local people and organisations, ever since, and was praised as a “tremendous colleague” by Bede director Nick Dunne after the bash.

He told the News: “The party was a brilliant occasion and she was very happy. The smile didn’t leave her face all the way through. There was a lot of love and affection.

“I joined Bede in 2002 and she’s been a tremendous colleague to have worked with. She is an example to all of us on how to grow old gracefully.”

June with Southwark Mayor Dora Dixon-Fyle
June with Southwark Mayor Dora Dixon-Fyle

The party in the Bede Centre, Beaconsfield Road, was attended by 100 people, including three generations of her family, past and present Bede staff and trustees, Southwark Mayor Dora Dixon-Fyle and Jenny Bianco, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Southwark.

June was presented with a Southwark plaque in recognition of her work with Bede and across the borough.

Before joining the charity, June worked at the Peek Freans Biscuit Factory in Drummond Road.

June said: “It’s been lovely working at Bede and I will keep in touch.

“Today has been really special, really great.”

Southwark Mayor Dora Dixon-Fyle with June
Southwark Mayor Dora Dixon-Fyle with June
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