A School Crossing Patrol Officer for Equans in North East Lincolnshire, is celebrating 40 years of helping thousands of children get to school safely.
Josie Hides, first put on a hi-vis jacket and picked up a lollipop when covering a shift for a friend back in 1983. Having never previously considered the role herself, her immediate love for the job soon flourished and she became a ‘lollipop lady’ shortly afterwards.
Over the last four decades, Josie has served multiple schools across the borough, including Edward Heneage Primary Academy, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Welholme Academy.
Josie is a welcome sight and local icon. For generations, families have looked out for Josie’s bright yellow jacket on their daily commute to and from school and have built a real connection with their local stalwart of road safety.
Josie said: “I can’t believe it’s been over 40 years, it’s gone so quick but I have loved being a lollipop lady for all of it. Don’t get me wrong, the winter is a struggle but seeing the kids every day and having banter with them and their parents makes it all worth it. Honestly, the kids are just so funny… they make my day!”
David Cullum, Road Safety Education Officer at Equans, said: “I’ve worked with Josie for more than seven years now and it’s been an absolute pleasure being her manager. Josie has built a strong relationship with all the pedestrians that cross with her as she continues to serve the local community. We would like to thank Josie for all the years she has worked with us and the community.”