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Nominate a woman of the year
9:10am Wednesday 12th September 2012 in News
THE search is on to find women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help people across the borough.
Nominations have now opened for inspiring people deserving of the title of Bury Woman of The Year 2012.
As well as the overall winner, there will be honours up for grabs in three categories — carer, volunteer and professional.
The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Monday, October 1, and all nominees will be invited to a civic reception at Bury Town Hall with the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Joan Grimshaw.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony, in aid of Bury Hospice, on Thursday, October 11 at the Bolholt Country Park Hotel in Walshaw.
Sheila Dibnah, widow of late Bolton steeplejack Fred, will be the guest speaker.
Jacqui Comber, hospice’s chief executive, said: “The Bury Woman Of The Year celebrations provide an ideal opportunity to sing the praises of the unsung female heroes in our area. Over the past years we have recognised examples of great courage, bravery, sacrifice, endeavour, entrepreneurialism, guts and determination.
“In this our 21st birthday year, we would love to make this the biggest and best Woman of The Year ever. Please do consider nominating anyone you can and come along and join us for what promises to be a fabulous event.”
The carer category will recognise someone who cares for one person or many, whether they are a neighbour, relative or friend. Nominees could be foster parents or someone from a caring profession.
People who show remarkable selflessness, devotion and service to the Bury community and deserve wider recognition will be honoured in the volunteer category.
The business/professional/entrepreneur category will celebrate corporate talent, ability and achievement. Nominees should be exceptional businesswomen working in Bury who have made a fundamental contribution to the success of their organisation. To make a nomination: fill in the form and send it to Bury Hospice fundraising office at 89 The Rock, Bury, BL9 0NB.
Or, call 0161 797 1748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination and an explanation of why they deserve to win.
n Bury’s Woman Of The Year 2011 was Frances Halligan, a volunteer who used her experiences to help other people.
She took early retirement from her career as a teacher when she faced mental health problems and later became a volunteer to show her gratitude for her own recovery.She volunteered at the Creative Living Centre in Prestwich, helped people with alcohol problems, worked with families at Early Break in Bury, and shared her story with mental health patients and prisoners.