So many award ceremonies involve glitzy celebrities, glossy self-promoters or the big businesses. But Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice’s Yorkshire Women of Achievement is all about unsung heroines – ordinary women doing extraordinary and inspiring things.

This year the awards will take place on Friday 12th May at the Royal Armouries and bookings for the event are now open. Inspirational women across the region will have the chance to be awarded in the categories of Business, Education, Sport, Young Achiever of the Year, the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage and the Community Impact Award.

This year there are two exciting new categories: Arts and Science and Technology. The Arts category recognises women in areas such as music, theatre, dance, art and literature. The Science and Technology category acknowledges the success of women in areas such as I.T. engineering, research and development, environmental work and the manufacturing industry.

Jackie Roberts, who was last year’s winner of the Jane Tomlinson Courage award, said the event was a unique occasion. “It was amazing. It was one of the most emotional moments of my life. I was so shocked, tears in my eyes. It was overwhelming”.

Jackie is a prominent supporter of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK, becoming a drowning prevention officer last year. Jackie has raised thousands of pounds for the charity following the death of her daughter Megan in 2014, who drowned after falling into the river Ouse while walking home from a night out.  Jackie has been instrumental in promoting RLSS UK campaigns, and has helped those who have suffered similar losses.

Jackie added: “Megan was a student when she suddenly lost her life in the river. I was told I am an instrumental griever for the way I reacted to the grieving process. I took all my energy and love for my child and channelled it into doing something positive. You have to do whatever gets you through and that felt right for me”.

Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice’s Women of Achievement Awards are one of Yorkshire’s most celebrated regional events. Each year the hospice spends £4.4m to provide specialist end of life and palliative care to people living in Leeds and receive only 44% in statutory funds for the care services it offers.

This year’s Women of Achievement event takes place at New Dock Hall, the Royal Armouries, Leeds, on Friday 12th May. Tickets cost £60 each and £550 for a table of ten.

For more information about attending the event, contact Faye Cryer, Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice on 0113 2033 338 or visit www.sueryder.org/YWOA

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