Caroll’s Blog 16th January

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Hello, I hope you have all finished the last of your Christmas chocolates and are enjoying making 2014 plans. My holiday list is coming along nicely.

I met with our Glass Slipper Awards judging panel this week who had the very challenging task of choosing the seven winners from the successful shortlist for our event at the Hilton on Friday, February 28.

The lunch will celebrate the achievements of women in the North East. We will also be joined by two amazing speakers, Val McDermid, writer of Wire in the Blood and Caroline Theobald, MD of Bridge Club.

Congrats to all the short-listed women mentioned below who will be attending the event as our guests for making a fabulous difference in the North East, also to all our sponsors especially Gordon Brown our overall sponsor.

Details for this years Glass Slipper Awards

Best Newcomer, sponsored by Intu Metro Centre: Kirsty Giblin (The Pudding Parlour), Lisa Bean (Digitia), Gemma Ash (The Ultimate Skin Clinic). Best Marketing Campaign, sponsored by Gordon Brown Law Firm: Donna Petch (The North East Hub), Helen Armstrong (North East Hour), Cath Jenkins (Speedflex). Employee of the Year, sponsored by Hilton Newcastle Gateshead: Kate Smith (Metro Radio Arena), Michelle Meldrum (Gentoo Group), Edith Gibson (The All-in-One Company).  Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Gordon Brown Law Firm: Dame Margaret Barbour (Barbour), Margaret Reynolds (volunteer), Pamela Petty (Ebac). North East Champion, sponsored by Karen Richardson Financial Services: Alyson Dixon (athlete), Angela Carrington (The Bigger Picture), Lizzie Adamson-Brown (Maiden Voyage). Woman of the Year, sponsored by ncjMedia: Gillian Senior, Ros Miller, Helen Hastie Young Achiever, sponsored by Intu Eldon Square: Stacey Smith (athlete), Katie-Jane Pridmore (The Flower Cabin), Kayley Ede (Kayley Cares)

Val McDermid will be one of our speakers at the Glass Slipper Lunch

I would like to wish Stephen Miller our fabulous patron and his wife Rachel who have set up SMILE an organisation for disabled sport in the region, the best of luck. I’m sure it will be a huge success, he certainly deserves it for all he does for disabled sport in the region.

I had a good meeting with Jeff from the Lemington Male Voice Choir on Tuesday.

We are one of the benefiting charities for their concert with Lesley Garrett at the City Hall on Saturday, June 14.

If anyone would like tickets please contact The Lemington Male Voice Choir on 0191 2676815 who will send out your tickets with no booking fee, £15 to £25, bargain.

I am off to the Eagles basketball tomorrow night with some of the kids, its always great fun, I can’t wait.

If you would like more information on any of the above check out our website or you can follow us on Twitter @Sunshine_fund and like our Facebook page Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund or email me on [email protected].

Have a good week