Anna launched the Inspiring Women Awards in 2015 in memory of Mo Mowlam
Anna launched the Inspiring Women Awards in 2015 in memory of Mo Mowlam

THE ANNUAL search for Redcar and Cleveland’s Inspiring Women is on, with a call for people to nominate local heroes who have made a significant impact on their community.

The Inspiring Women project will be celebrating its fifth birthday at the award ceremony in 2020. It was launched by Redcar’s MP Anna Turley in 2015 as a way to commemorate Mo Mowlam.

It’s already a trademark of the awards that the people who are nominated come from many sectors. From hard-working volunteers to dedicated guide leaders, these are the ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Anna said:

“The Inspiring Women Awards are a celebration of the amazing women and young people of Redcar & Cleveland. A chance for the unsung heroes of our borough to shine, and to share their stories to inspire others.

“We started this project to commemorate the legacy of Mo Mowlam and it has grown into a brilliant annual programme of events, with past winners taking a lead in organising the next year’s event.

“All the time I meet brilliant women in our borough quietly getting on and making a difference. This is a chance to give them the recognition they deserve and I urge everyone to submit nominations for inspiring women in their lives.”

Last year’s big winner was Gemma Sands, who established a charity, Remembering Rebecca, in memory of her daughter who died at the age of just 21 months. Gemma organises fundraising activities so that the charity can provide equipment, holidays and support for children with disabilities and their siblings.

Cllr Karen King, Deputy Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “This is a wonderful project which recognises some of the amazing women in our Borough and their many achievements.  I fully support this, and encourage as many people as possible to get their nominations in.

“I would also like congratulate the volunteers who work so hard  to put this inspiring event together every year, many of whom are previous winners. They continue to shine a torch on other women who do such incredible work in our borough, which Is a great legacy of the project. Congratulations on five fantastic years.”

If you know someone who lives or works in Redcar and Cleveland and deserves this recognition, please nominate them today by visiting: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/InspiringWomen2020

The ceremony will be taking place in March 2020.

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