Nominations are now open for the 2018 Sue Ryder Southern Women of Achievement Awards. The annual awards will be held on Friday 16th February 2018 at a glittering evening event at Reading Town Hall. Details were announced last night at a VIP launch hosted at the Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice.
Inspired by the charity’s own incredible founder, the awards celebrate women from across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire who have achieved amazing success and stand out as a role model. The event is becoming more popular year on year and is one of Sue Ryder’s biggest fundraising events, helping the charity to continue to provide the services they offer across the region.
There are seven award categories: Woman of Achievement in Business; Woman of Achievement in the Community; Woman of Achievement in Education; Woman of Achievement in Sports; Woman of Achievement in Services; Young Woman of Achievement and the Sue Ryder Courage Award. The awards are sponsored by Invesco Perpetual and CH&CO.
David Bower, Head of Marketing at Invesco Perpetual, said: “Invesco Perpetual is delighted to support the Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards for a ninth year. These awards are a fantastic way to celebrate and recognise the wonderful contributions made by so many women. Invesco Perpetual is proud to support Sue Ryder with an initiative that plays such an important role in ensuring that our local community continues to benefit from the vital care provided by the charity.”
Tracey Hancock, Head of Fundraising at Sue Ryder’s Duchess of Kent and Nettlebed Hospices comments: “These awards are a wonderful way of honouring the successes of so many remarkable women. I encourage everyone to nominate, as we all know someone who is deserving of recognition. I wish all nominees the very best of luck!”
Jackie Chappell, Businesswomen of the Year in 2013 who runs the Ironing Lady in Tilehurst and who is now an Ambassador for the awards said, “When I received my letter to say I had been nominated, I can’t tell you how that felt running a little business in Reading. It was huge for me. I felt like a winner to be shortlisted and I was absolutely stunned to win when my name was read out at the gala dinner – my friends were jumping on the table! I try to be an Ambassador in every way for Sue Ryder I can. I’m really proud to be able do what I can. I am racking my brains for the women I know that need to be nominated. Every woman that does anything for the community, for women, for Sue Ryder deserve this reward. Just think of someone, doesn’t matter how much left field because it will mean so much. They are winner for just be nominated.”
To nominate an incredible woman and for more information on the award categories visit: www.sueryder.org/swoa. Nominations are open from now until 1st December, 2017.