Time to nominate inspiring women

Dawn O'Keefe, managing director at Shine.

Dawn O'Keefe, managing director at Shine.

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BRAVE and inspiring women can now be nominated for a prestigious Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award.

The YEP-backed awards celebrate the region’s most remarkable women and is now in its 29th year.

Hosted by Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, the annual awards attract 700 guests, with awards including Young Achiever of the Year, Business, Education, Sport, the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage and the new Community Impact Award.

The winners will be crowned at a glittering ceremony at the Royal Armouries on May 15.

Previous Business award winner Dawn O’Keefe is encouraging people to get involved.

She said: “The awards are a fantastic afternoon out to be inspired and humbled by people who do amazing things.

“It’s just a wonderful, wonderful day.”

Dawn raised over £4.5million to save a former school building in Harehills where her business Shine was launched.

Established in one of Leeds’ most deprived areas, Dawn strived to make sure the business had a positive social impact on its community when it opened in 2008. She added: “Everybody knows someone who has done something amazing.

“It may seem like a small achievement in the big scheme of things, but they are actually making a big difference even if it’s just to one or two people’s lives.

“So go ahead and nominate them.”

The awards aim to raise £40,000 for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

For a nomination form or for tickets, which cost £45, call 0113 2033 338.

Alternatively, visit the website at www.sueryder.org/YWOA.

Nominations close on April 29.

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