Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Do YOU know a woman of achievement?

NOMINATIONS have opened for the 2017 Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards.

NOMINATIONS have opened for the 2017 Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards. The awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate inspirational women from Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

There are seven categories, including a new one, woman of achievement in education.

The others are business, community, sport, the services, young woman of achievement and the Sue Ryder woman of courage award.

The awards ceremony will be held at Trunkwell House in Reading at lunchtime on Friday, March 10.

The official launch of the awards took place at the Henley offices of investment firm Invesco Perpetual, the main sponsor, on Thursday last week.

It was attended by representatives of the sponsors, who include Higgs Group, publishers of the the Henley Standard and industry caterers CH&Co, and former winners including Jane Holmes, co-founder of the Henley Regatta for the Disabled, who was joint winner of the community category last year.

Tracey Hancock, head of fundraising at Sue Ryder’s Duchess of Kent and Nettlebed hospices, said: “Lady Ryder was a huge inspiration in her own right and that’s where this started from.

“This event is all about celebrating remarkable women. If you know a lady who does amazing things, I encourage you to nominate her.

“The event is becoming more popular each year and is one of our biggest fund-raising events, helping us to continue to provide all the services we offer in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

“We’d like to thank Invesco Perpetual for their continued support as well as Higgs Group and CH&Co.”

David Bower, head of marketing at Invesco Perpetual, saidd: “We’ve been involved with Sue Ryder for more than a decade and we are incredibly proud and honoured.

“I have many colleagues who have benefited, personally or through their families, from the incredible services Sue Ryder provides.

“The bar is set incredibly high in 2017 for women in the local area, including our new Prime Minister. I wonder if she will be getting a nomination and might draw the crowds!

“This area has a heritage of women playing incredible roles across all areas and they are clearly playing a huge part in the community.”

Olympic rower Heather Stanning, who won the woman of achievement in sports award last year, is an ambassador for the this year’s awards, along with courage award winner Samina Hussain, business award winner Anna Rowe and services award winner Fl Sgt Emma Rousell, who is based at RAF Benson.

Fl Sgt Rousell combines charity fund-raising and volunteering with her duties at the base, which include looking after the catering operation and the junior ranks’ mess.

She said: “I was nominated by a colleague who was inspired by the way I shaved my hair off for Cancer Research and got stuck in. I love what I do. The biggest thing for me, being in the military, is the way this brought me into the wider community.”

Nominations are open until Friday, January 27. To nominate a woman, visit

Tickets to the awards ceremony will be on sale until February 28.

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