The backbone behind the new cafe at Ealing hospital is proving to be everyone's cup of tea as our latest Pride in Our People nominee.
Ann Cousins, who ran the original sandwich bar at the hospital for four years and the new League of Friends cafe since last July, was nominated by Alan Gillett, chairman of Ealing Hospital's League of Friends.
The sandwich bar and the then tea bar, which has been amalgamated into the new cafe, raised around £80,000 a year for hospital equipment.
Alan said:"The new cafe is a huge success and I am very proud of what Ann has achieved with the help of the fantastic volunteers. I am sure it will be as successful as the old ones. They raise much-needed funds for the hospital."
He also praised her work with the 19th Ealing brownies which she has run for over 40 years at St John's Church, Mattock Lane, Ealing. He said:"It's very difficult to find anyone to do things like this nowadays."
Ann, in her 60s, said:"I am very pleased to be nominated. The new cafe is going great guns. It's so popular and very good value for money."
She said she loved the brownies, which had moved with the times and still proved very popular with youngsters. She said:"It has been modernised and is not so structured. It's still a challenge and lovely to work with children. It's so rewarding.
"They mix with children from different schools and backgrounds. One mum told me it was one thing she didn't have to force her daughter to go to."
To find out how to submit your nomination for the Ealing Gazette's Pride in Our People awards click here .