Thursday, 19 October 2017

Double celebration at Sue Ryder awards

THERE were joint winners of the lifetime achiever award at the Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards held last night

THERE were joint winners of the lifetime achiever award at the Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards held last night.

They were Marian Lee, who was director of services at the Chiltern Centre for disabled centre in Henley, for more than 20 years before retiring earlier this year, and Pam Warren, who campaigned on rail safety after surviving the Paddington rail crash in 1999 in which 31 people died.

Mrs Warren, from Whitchurch, said: "When I was nominated the first thing I said was, 'I have not finished yet', so watch this space. This award isn't just for me it's for all 80 survivors."

Mrs Lee, from Benson, said: "I am shocked. Thank you for the award, it is lovely to receive it. Many people work tirelessly on the behalf of others, so I am accepting this award on all those people's behalf."

The awards were the climax of a glittering black tie dinner and ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Marlow, attended by almost 200 people.

Other winners included Sue Beales and Karen D'Arcy, of Life at Nettelbed, who were awarded the businesswomen of the year title.

The Henley Hawks women's rugby team, who were unbeaten last year, won sportswomen of the year.

Community champion of the year for young people was Sarah Roberts, of King's Road, Henley, who launched the the Millie's Dream appeal which has installed 33 defibrillators in schools and communities in Henley since September 2013.

The appeal was inspired by her daughter, who suffers from a heart and lung condition.

For a full report and more pictures from the event, see next week's Henley Standard.

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