Julie Russell and Jackie Roberts
Julie Russell and Jackie Roberts

Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice’s Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards are all about unsung heroines – ordinary women doing extraordinary and inspiring things.

This year the awards take place on Friday 12th May at the Royal Armouries. Inspirational women across the region have been nominated in the categories of Business, Education, Sport, Young Achiever of the Year, the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage, and the Community Impact Award.

There are also two exciting new categories this year – Arts, and Science and Technology. The Arts category recognises women in areas such as music, theatre, dance, art and literature; the Science and Technology category areas such as I.T. engineering, research and development, environmental work and the manufacturing industry.

Jackie Roberts won last year’s Jane Tomlinson Courage award, said the event was a unique occasion. A prominent supporter of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK, Jackie has raised thousands of pounds for the charity following the drowning death of her daughter Megan in 2014 and has helped others who have suffered similar losses.

Megan was a student when she suddenly lost her life in the river”, said Jackie. “I took all my energy and love for my child and channeled it into doing something positive. You have to do whatever gets you through and that felt right for me. The Awards ceremony was amazing. It was one of the most emotional moments of my life. I was so shocked, tears in my eyes. It was overwhelming”.

Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice’s Women of Achievement Awards are one of Yorkshire’s most celebrated regional events. Each year the hospice spends £4.4m to provide specialist end of life and palliative care to people living in Leeds and receive only 44% in statutory funds for the care services it offers.

Booking for the event is now open. Tickets cost £60 each or £550 for a table of ten. For more information, contact Faye Cryer on 0113 203 3338 or visit www.sueryder.org/YWOA

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