Girl power! Search for inspirational ladies is on

READY TO LAUNCH: From left, Ian Maud (regional nurse), Heli Blakeney-Lee, (nursing assistant), Julie Grundy, Kate Bratt-Farrar, Mayumi Pacheco and Jess Sigsworth (players). PIC: Simon Hulme
READY TO LAUNCH: From left, Ian Maud (regional nurse), Heli Blakeney-Lee, (nursing assistant), Julie Grundy, Kate Bratt-Farrar, Mayumi Pacheco and Jess Sigsworth (players). PIC: Simon Hulme
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From Jo Cox to Jane Tomlinson and the Calendar Girls, Yorkshire boasts its fair share of inspirational women

Now, the search is on for more incredible ladies with amazing stories, as nominations are set to open for the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards 2018.

Held in honour of Leeds-born Sue Ryder, the awards have become a highlight of the city’s events calendar, helping raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity over the years.

They recognise brilliant ladies from across the region who have excelled in their field, shown bravery and strength in adversity, and forged trailblazing paths for others.

Kate Bratt-Farrar, hospice director at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley, which organises the event, said: “We know that there are thousands of women that do amazing things across our region every minute of every day.

“The Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards are a brilliant opportunity to recognise at least some of these achievements.

“The event is set to be bigger and better than ever and we are looking for nominations from right across our region.

“I would encourage people to nominate the women in their lives who they feel deserve that extra bit of recognition.”

For next year’s 32nd awards there will be eight categories, plus a new one, which will be revealed next week.

This year there was extra poignancy as murdered MP Jo Cox – friend, colleague and campaigner to many of the guests – was honoured with the Yorkshire Rose award.

The club development manager at the Doncaster Rover Belles football team – who is also one of the judges of the awards – is urging people across Yorkshire to start thinking about nominations.

Julie Grundy said: “There are such inspirational women in our region so we need to celebrate the fantastic work that goes on.

“I was a judge on the panel for the first time last year and I was so inspired by the women. I know there are more out there.

“It’s a great event that supports women but also raises a fantastic amount of money for charity.”

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