Pioneering women set to be honoured

05 Feb Pioneering women set to be honoured

INSPIRING women have told of their joy at being shortlisted for this year’s Glass Slipper Awards.

Since September last year, the search has been on to find the North East’s most successful, pioneering and inspirational women – with scores of nominations flooding in.

And for the third year running, these high achievers will be recognised at the Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund event at The Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on Friday, February 27.

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Amy Whyte, business development manager for Gordon Brown Law firm, said: “We are delighted to return as sponsors for a second year.

“It is amazing to see how many inspiring women there are in the North East and the way year on year these awards have grown. We look forward to the day and celebrating their achievements.”

Hopefuls include the salon owner who has led the way in hairdressing excellence since she was 15, building up a family business from scratch, and the woman who has spent more than 450 hours volunteering as part of her employers’ scheme, among many others.

The seven categories – Best Newcomer, Life Time Achievement, North East Champion, Women of the Year, Young Achiever, Outstanding Businesswomen and Women in the Community – seek to represent women from all walks of life who are helping make the North East a more fulfilling place to work and live in.

Among those short-listed are Jane Morland, 42, from Durham, Margaret Rose Emmonds, 69, from Whitley Bay, Kari Owers from Ponteland, and Rachel Miller, 31, from Cramlington. Rachel, who has worked in sports development for over 10 years, set up SMILE Through Sport with her partner, the paralympian Stephen Miller.

She said: “It moved from just our idea to this big thing in the space of a year. I sometimes do not see the work I have done – this makes me realise. I would be gobsmacked if I won.”

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