Award for ex-addict who turned her life around

Jessie Jones wins Dress For Success gong

Thursday, 16th March 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Jessie Jones and Juanita Ingram

Jessie Jones (left) presented with Dress for Success award by Juanita Ingram, a trustee of the charity

JUST two years ago, Highgate Newtown’s Jessie Jones was fighting for her life in an Indian hospital.

Seriously ill after struggling to beat a long-term drug addiction, she has now been clean for two years – and was honoured last week for her work with the Dress for Success charity, which helps promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire so they can take pride in themselves.

Ms Jones, daughter of Camden architect Edward Jones, received the award at the CBI in the City at the inaugural Power of Women ceremony on International Women’s Day last week. She received the Client of the Year award from the charity, which started 20 years ago in New York. It now operates in almost 150 cities in 20 countries and has helped nearly a million women work towards self-sufficiency.

Ms Jones, 51, was a pupil at several Camden schools, including Camden School for Girls. She endured extreme difficulties in her adult life as an on-and-off street user of drugs, notably heroin. Ms Jones was nominated for the award by Fionnula Shannon, the charity’s operational director in London.

“Jessie has achieved a remarkable turn-around in her life over the past two years, partly through her involvement in Dress for Success activities,” she said. “She is now helping others to overcome severe obstacles in their lives and has become an ambassa­dor for Dress for Success.”

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