The only woman in Britain to own and run a motorbike garage has been hailed as an unsung hero for her community work.
Karen Neill, director of Haringey’s Zenith Motorcycles, has hosted disadvantaged and disabled people at her business and helped transform their lives.
Her sterling efforts scooped her a special prize at the Haringey Unsung Women Awards.
Karen, whose business is based in Markfield Road, said: “I do what I do not for awards (although they are nice) but because this is my home, the place I work and the London I love.”
Veteran councillor Sheila Peacock who presided over the ceremony said: “Karen runs a unique social business. It is a hub to Haringey’s motorcycle and scooter community and she does amazing unpaid work in road safety education.”
“Over the last 24 months Zenith Motorcycles also hosted some 16 young people for work experience: many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds, some with disabilities.
“Their experiences have been transformative. Some who barely spoke when they arrived came away with a new-found confidence and self belief at the end of their placement.”
Lifelong Haringey resident and local biker Yvonne Okoduwa said: “Karen is the only woman in the UK who owns and runs a motorcycle garage: quite the accolade for Haringey! Zenith Motorcycles is a true jewel in Haringey’s crown.”
The annual awards celebrate the huge contribution which women make to Haringey.
Karen was presented with the award at the Civic Centre on March 11 by council cabinet member Elin Weston.