Life saver nominated for YEP-backed Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards

Lucy Gale, who has been nominated for a Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award.
Lucy Gale, who has been nominated for a Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award.
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Lucy Gale saved countless lives when she arrived at the scene of a car crash.

Now the brave Pontefract resident has been recognised for her courage through the YEP-backed Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards.

After the car smash at a level crossing in 2011, Lucy managed to drag the injured driver out of the car.

With a train fast approaching, Lucy then drove the car off the tracks moments before the train sped past.

Lucy, from Kirk Smeaton, was nominated for the award in the ‘courage’ category by best friend Joanne Moore, who described her as “an incredibly humble person”.

Joanne said: “She could have died but she thought only of the other people involved.”

Speaking about her award nomination, Lucy said: “I feel honoured and very surprised to have been nominated for this award as it’s here in my home town.”

She added: “I’m Yorkshire through and through and don’t believe there is a better place in the UK to live.

“I won the Pride of Britain award as a panel of celebrity judges deemed my story to be worthy, I have no idea who nominated me but am proud to be one of the select few to have won such an accolade”.

The Women of Achievement Awards will be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Friday, May 9.

The glittering event, which is now in its 28th year, helps raise thousands of pounds for the Leeds-based Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

There are five award categories – Yorkshire Woman of Achievement in Business, Education, Sport, Young Achiever of the Year and the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage.

One of the five winners will be named the Overall Yorkshire Woman of Achievement 2014. Last year’s overall winner was Dr Kate Granger, who is living with terminal cancer but continues to work and speak publicly about her illness.

The awards help raise thousands of pounds for the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, which is based in Headingley, Leeds.

Over the years, hundreds of remarkable women have been honoured at the event, including inspirational women who have changed things for the better, been role models to others and achieved great things in the face of adversity.

Nominations for the awards closed on April 28 but tickets to the event are still available.

To attend the awards, which will be held from 11.45am to 4pm, call 0113 203 3376 or visit

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