EARLIER this month The News put a call out for nominations for our first-ever Woman of the Year Awards.
We wanted to hear about women who inspire, change lives and stand out from the crowd.
The response has been overwhelming, with nominations for women in art, education, business, volunteering – and the ones who are just brilliant mums.
Now we can announce the sponsor of the awards is a company run by a woman who embodies all the qualities we are looking for.
Rachel Lowe, the owner of luxury fashion brand She Who Dares, is the main sponsor of the event, which takes place at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth in November.
Rachel, who invented the Destination Portsmouth board game has been honoured with an MBE in 2009 for her business acumen. The ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace.
Now she is supporting our event to recognise all those women who deserve the spotlight to be shone on them.
The mum-of-two, from Drayton, set up the She Who Dares brand to acknowledge and recognise women for their achievements.
With a motto of ‘Dare to Dream’ and the inspiration for the brand coming from Buckingham Palace, it seemed a perfect fit to be the headline sponsor for the Woman of the Year Awards 2013.
Already we have received scores of entries nominating incredible women for the awards ceremony, which takes place in November.
This event will be a celebration of women from all walks of life.
Rachel said: ‘I think all women should, at some point in their lives, be acknowledged for all that they do.
‘I want them to feel the same sense of pride that I did when I received my MBE at Buckingham Palace.
‘It will be an honour to be part of the celebration of women from our community.’
Rachel will be presenting the award for Most Inspirational Woman of 2013.
Nominations for the awards so far include 19-year-old Holly Ure.
Aged just 16, she decided to try and change the way people view young people.
With the support of her family and friends she set up Loud and Proud, a volunteering organisation which now has more than 25 members.
She was nominated by Jacky Charman, who said: ‘Loud and Proud organises community events and has worked with Haslar Immigration Centre on a project called Music in Detention.
‘They have organised a tea party in a local residential home, an outside sleep-over to raise awareness of homelessness and supported Gain and Grow, a local group for people with mental health issues.
‘Holly’s only motivation is to promote a positive image of young people.’
Let us know who you believe has made an impact.
The categories for The News Woman of the Year Awards 2013 are:
· Women in community, charity or voluntary sector
· Best success story
· Best online businesswomen
· Women in fashion
· Mum of the year
· Women in the arts
· Women in education
· Most inspirational woman
· Women to watch
· Woman of courage
· Young women award
· Readers’ choice award
· Business women of the year
HOW TO NOMINATE
To nominate – not vote – for any of the categories above, e-mail your choices, using the subject ‘The News Woman of the Year’ to email@example.com – please include your
name, your nomination, the category, reason for your nomination, and a daytime telephone contact number.
Closing date is Friday, October 4.