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Nominate your inspirational woman

Published: Monday, 04 January 2021

The nomination period for the 2021 Inspirational Woman Awards opens today, Monday, 4 January 2021. 

Northampton Borough Council’s Women’s Forum is now calling upon local residents, businesses, schools and community groups to get their thinking caps on and start nominating women in their lives who inspire them.

This year, residents can nominate for two categories the Inspirational Woman through employment or the community Inspirational Woman. 

Potential nominees could include a family member who has been a rock during this challenging year, someone who has inspired through their job, a neighbour who has set up a community group to support local children and families, a friend who has campaigned for better healthcare, or a colleague who fundraises for charity.

If you feel that you know someone who deserves recognition for the difference they make to other peoples’ lives or the wider community, you can nominate them online until 26 January at 9am. 

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We all know someone who has gone above and beyond in supporting their local communities during this challenge year and make great role models not just now but in the years to come. 

“We are now calling on residents to nominate those who made a difference in their lives and communities. Let’s make the 2021 celebrations the best yet.”

Tying in with the annual International Women’s Day celebrations, the Inspirational Woman Award is an initiative run by Northampton Borough Council’s Women’s Forum and BBC Radio Northampton, which aims to celebrate local inspiring women. Following the nomination period, five shortlisted women will be invited to our International Women’s Day celebrations on Saturday, 6 March. 

Past winners celebrated through the award, have included:
•    Ved Nayar supporting women of all ages and backgrounds through groups such as Chai and Chat and Walk and Talk.
•    Cathy Goldsmith –volunteering over 500 hours in 2 years, trains and mentors other Volunteer Community First Responders
•    Leonie Heard - one of the founders of local charity Breast Friends, which provides support and essential resources to women fighting cancer
•    Shena Cooper – founder of Fruitful Abundance and Elsie’s Food Waste Café, which aim to reduce the amount of edible food going to landfill
•    Pat Haslam – an advocate for improving health and pastoral care of veterans in the county
•    Faye Jordan – an athlete and sports coach who helps people gain confidence and overcome challenges using sport.
•    Neelam Aggarwal-Singh MBE – a multi-faith advocate who organises community events such as the Diwali Lights celebrations.

Nominate your inspirational woman today at www.northampton.gov.uk/inspirationalwoman2021

A Word version of the form is also available from [email protected]