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Inspirational Woman 2020 Shortlist

Once again we received over 40 high quality nominations for this year's Inspirational Woman Award.  The judges had a hard time evaluating them and the shortlist appears below.  Congratulations to thse very inspirational women.  The winner will be announced at the International Women's Day event at the Guildhall on Saturday March 7 at 2pm.  Please see event flyer here.

The 2020 Inspirational Woman Award finalists are confirmed as:

Ann Comerford, who has been a tireless volunteer at St Aiden’s Church in Kingsthorpe for over 35 years.  She also volunteers her time with the Good Loaf, C2C Social Action and St Vincent de Paul and she visits elderly and vulnerable members in the community at least three times a week. Alongside her day to day job at Aim Higher Northamptonshire, she’s an active member of the Visually Impaired Tennis Group.

Ved Nayar, who is a committed member of the Chai and Chat group and the founder of the Walk and Talk group, which promotes social, physical and emotional wellbeing for women of all ages and backgrounds.

Jody Abbott who has been described as an example of what women can do and how they make the world a better place.  When she isn’t caring for her grandmother, she is helping blind people stay independent. She also works with Girl Guiding UK to inspire young women being a constant source of positivity in their lives.

Jodie Low, the co-founder and leader of Free2Talk Community Interest Company.  She has helped to provide opportunities to children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Northampton. She has spent her whole career advocating children's rights.

Karen Haynes, who has shown others that whatever life throws at you, you can adapt and overcome, never-ever giving up and getting on with life for the benefit of others.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “There are so many fantastic women in Northampton who are committed to making our communities a better place.

“As always, the judging panel were really humbled by the hard work and achievements of local women, which were highlighted in almost 50 nominations we received.

“We now look forward to announcing the winner of the Inspirational Woman Award at the upcoming International Women’s Day event on 7 March, where we will have plenty of activities to interest everyone, from entertainment to networking, virtual reality sessions and information about what’s going on in our town throughout the year.”