06 Mar Glass Slipper Awards
From dedicated fundraisers to high achievers, these inspirational women were praised for their hard work at a glittering ceremony.
The Glass Slipper Awards, organised by The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, were announced at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead yesterday.
There were eight categories, including Young Achiever, Woman Of The Year and Outstanding Business Leader.
Kim Scott, who started the community running group These Girls Can Run, received the best newcomer gong. The running programme started with one group in February 2015 but it has since grown to nine, with two more launching this year. With a Facebook following of 4,000, it inspires ladies to get back into running and fitness.
Kim, 39, from Cramlington, said: “This is just amazing. This award is for all the women who work with us – we have an amazing community of women who are all inspirational, including those who are battling illnesses and those who have life issues, yet they come and run with us.”
The prize for young achiever went to 21-year-old Anna Heslop, of Cullercoats, who joined the team at Cullercoats Lifeboat Station after helping to rescue a boy from the sea at Whitley Bay. When she joined, she became the first woman member for three years and longest-serving in its 154-year history. She now hopes to become its first female at the helm. Her fundraising activities have included driving a team of huskies across Lapland.
She said: “I can’t believe I’ve won this award. I looked at the other women on the shortlist and they are all so worthy of this award. I wish I could do what Adele did at the Grammys and split it in half.
“At Cullercoats, they are such a fantastic team, they are like my extended family and really welcomed me in.”
Woman of the Year went to Helen Corner, who has been helping to raise as much money as possible for St Cuthbert’s Hospice after she lost her mother to cancer.
She has been named a “hospice hero” – the only non-company to earn the status. So far, Helen has raised more than £20,000 and she continues to organise events.
Her award was collected by her brother Daniel Lowden and aunt Elaine Hall.
The other winners were Angie Jenkison, of the Teenage Cancer Trust and Graham Wylie Foundation, who was named North East Champion; Giselle Stewart, Ubisoft’s director of corporate affairs, who received the Outstanding Business Leader award; and Helen Bowman and Nicola Whalen, of Bright Futures, who jointly won Woman in the Community; while Fundraiser Of The Year went to Amy Whyte, of Gordon Brown Law Firm.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was handed to Caroline Theobald, owner of Bridge Club Ltd, chairman of Face to Face Ltd and co-chairman of the North East Initiative on Business Ethics.
The 59-year-old, who received an OBE from the Queen last year, was described as a “true businesswoman of the North East”.
She said: “I’m a bit overwhelmed and I’m feeling very emotional.
“This is just a message to everybody here – you can be whatever you want to be. It doesn’t matter how big or small the challenge is, just do it. Whether that’s starting a business, starting a family, looking after older parents or loving a community group – just do it.”
The speaker at this year’s award ceremony was Amar Latif, a blind entrepreneur who set up a world first with his tour operator company Traveleyes, which specialises in catering for non-sighted travellers.
The main sponsor, for the second year running, was Hay & Kilner solicitor, while the hotel sponsored the lunch and drinks reception. Each award category was sponsored by a local company keen to show its support of women in business.