She has helped to give hundreds of vulnerable people a new lease of life in Leeds.
Esther Smith was so touched by the plight of the city’s youngsters she established the Caring for Life charity in Cookridge to offer a lifeline to those who were homeless.
The Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate women who deserve to be recognised for their outstanding achievements.Georgina Abbott, senior hospice fundraiser at Sue Ryder Wheatfield Hospice
Esther co-founded the charity with Peter Parkinson, then the Pastor of the Leeds Reformed Baptist Church.
And her generosity didn’t stop there - she became a live donor for Peter and donated her kidney to him when he needed a transplant.
Her courageous efforts were rewarded at the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards in 2011. Now she is encouraging more people to nominate inspirational women for the YEP-backed awards.
She said: “I never expected it, I was a bit reluctant to be nominated, it’s never the sort of thing I’ve done. It was very, very kind, I don’t expect anything like that, but it was quite an experience.”
This year’s awards take place on Friday, May 15, at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. The awards aim to raise £40,000 for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.
Georgina Abbott, senior hospice fundraiser at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, said: “The Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate women who deserve to be recognised for their outstanding achievements.
“This year we are excited to include the Community Impact award for unsung heroines who have dedicated their time towards fundraising for local causes, raising awareness for important issues or tackling social challenges in their area.”
For a nomination form or for more information, phone 0113 2033338.