The nine finalists for Worcestershire Women of the Year 2013 have been announced today (16th May 2013) at a fundraising afternoon tea at The Elms, Abberley, in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.
The nine finalists in the three award categories are:
Voluntary Award sponsored by Peplow Jewellers
Nicole Harris from Bromsgrove – Nicole was nominated for her 25 years of fund-raising for Leukaemia research, raising £800,000 for the charity.
Isobel Dale from Kidderminster – Isobel was nominated for her work as chairman of Kemp Hospice during which time she put the hospice on a stable financial footing.
Bridget Lewis from Alfrick – Bridget was nominated for her work as chairman of Alfrick and Lulsley show committee which has raised over £60,000 for local charities.
Business Award sponsored by Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Hannah Edwards from Worcester – Hannah was nominated for her achievements in investment management for BRI Management and her charitable work in the county.
Anna Madden, from Grafton Flyford, and Julia Whelan, from Lincomb – Anna and Julia are the founders of Curo Chartered Accountants nominated for their unique approach to accountancy.
Emma Heathcote-James from Bretforton – Emma founded The Little Soap Company and has built the business to supply major national chains. She also runs a media business in the county.
Achievement Award sponsored by St Mary’s Worcester
Jean Wilson from Worcester – Jean founded New Hope, a daytime respite centre for families who have children with disabilities.
Fiona Harris from Kidderminster – Fiona set up cords4lifeuk a charity which publicises the life-saving potential of blood harvested from umbilical cords.
Jacquelyn Maciejewski from Worcester – Jacquelyn is a nurse who set up a ground-breaking service for heart failure patients in the county. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and since her recovery has raised funds for cancer charities and supports cancer patients.
All nine women going through to the final judging process this summer before the winners are announced on Friday 27th September at the Awards Luncheon at Fews Marquees near Hanbury.
The guest speaker at the lunch (sponsored by Aspire Business Partnership LLP) is Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies.
Worcestershire Women of the Year is a major fundraiser for St Richard’s Hospice. This year’s target is to raise £25,000.