Woman of the Year Awards - winners

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It was a night of glitz and glamour celebrating the wonderful women who make a difference to other people’s lives but never usually make it into the spotlight themselves.

The News 2014 Woman of the Year Awards proudly recognised those who, day in, day out, do extraordinary things in the worlds of art, business, education and the family.

Darcey Phenna, Young Woman of the Year, with event sponsor Rachel Lowe.' Picture: Mick Young

Darcey Phenna, Young Woman of the Year, with event sponsor Rachel Lowe.' Picture: Mick Young

Many, such as overall Woman of the Year Christine Corp, have overcome enormous difficulties and gone on to help others.

And there were those such as Marian Stapley, who, as chairwoman of the Portsmouth and Hayling Island Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, gives hundreds of children from Ukraine and Belarus still suffering from the 1986 nuclear fall-out a taste of the fresh, clean air of the south coast.

There were whoops of joy from winners and their supporters and tears of empathy as our incredible nominees’ stories were told.

Award sponsor, Rachel Lowe from She Who Dares said: ‘I believe every woman deserves her moment in the spotlight.’

Winners and runners-up

Woman in Education

Winner: Sarah Baggett

Woman to Watch

Runner-up: Emily Warne

Winner: Keshia Austin

Woman in Fashion

Winner: Adel Kaseke

Best Success Story

Runner-up: Kim Furphy

Winner: Emily Warne

Woman in the Arts

Runner-up: Beth Davis-Hofbauer

Winner: Claire Sambrook

Young Woman Award

Winner: Darcey Phenna

Businesswoman of the Year

Runner-up: Fran Curtis

Winner: Amber Leigh Mitchell

Woman in Community, Charity or Voluntary Sector

Runner-up: Kirsty Cremer

Winner: Marian Stapley

Mum of the Year

Runner-up: Emma Hine

Winner: Kellie Allen

Most Inspirational Woman

Runner-up: Louise Merrick

Winner: Christina Corp

Woman of Courage

Winner: Emma Hine

Overall Woman of the Year

Winner: Christina Corp

For more coverage on the awards click here.