Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Inspiring Women Praised at Awards; Ladies Rewarded for Hard Work and Dedication in Their Communities

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Inspiring Women Praised at Awards; Ladies Rewarded for Hard Work and Dedication in Their Communities

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Byline: RUTH LAWSON

WORTHY women were praised for their inspirational efforts at the first Glass Slipper Awards.

The Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund organised the event which aimed to recognise the work of dedicated ladies from across the North East.

Whether it be in the community, business or family world, all manner of women were given accolades at the lavish bash held the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead yesterday.

Before the ceremony got under way, a special recorded message was delivered by Sunshine Fund Patrons Ant and Dec before Tyne Tees news presenter Pam Royle and Sandra Jobling, who set up Coastal Productions with TV star Robson Green, took to the stage to explain why they are both proud to be involved with the charity.

Pam, also a patron, said: "I think it's really important we actually take time out and think about women's achievements particularly when so many are juggling so many things in life.

"Through hard work and determination they make such a difference to business, the economy, the community and to home life as well as to the Sunshine Fund.

"Let's hope this is the first of many Glass Slipper Awards."

Taking the role of hosts for the afternoon were Real Radio breakfast presenters Gary and Lisa who dished out the stylish glass awards with bouquets of flowers.

The first award for Newcomer of the Year went to Claire Heathcote who set up Cleaners for Causes, which is a Gateshead-based professional dry cleaning service that donates 15% of the price customers pay directly to partner charities.

Claire said: "I love my job and I love the fact I can juggle my family and work life successfully."

Gillian Burnett, who set up a taxi service solely for women called Driving Miss Daisy, picked up the Customer Service Award.

The business woman, who runs the taxi service in Burnopfield, County Durham, said: "I'm very, very humbled to by it all because there's some amazing women here."

Tyne Tees Model boss Lesley Middlemiss Lister was handed the Collaboration of the Year gong for her success in the world of modelling, including setting up the first nationally-recognised accredited training course for modelling with Northumberland College. …

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