Send us your choices for Woman of the Year

Pam Marshall
Pam Marshall
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NOMINATIONS have now opened for The News’ Woman of the Year Awards.

We want to shine a light on women from all walks of life who have gone above and beyond for their community, business or family.

We all know women who are extraordinary on a daily basis, and this is their chance to be recognised at a glamorous awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in North Harbour in November.

There are a wide range of categories to choose from – from woman of courage, to women in arts, and mum of the year.

See the panel on the right for the full list and details of how you can give us your nominations.

It’s up to you to tell us who deserves to be held up as an inspirational woman in our community.

Someone who has managed to combine caring for her family, holding down a busy job and running an incredible charity is Pam Marshall.

The 44-year-old, from Horndean, was left devastated when her daughter Hannah Westbrook died aged 10, of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

With the support of her family and wide circle of friends, Pam channelled her grief into setting up the charity Hannah’s Holiday Home.

Since its inception it has helped hundreds of families going through similar circumstances as Pam’s once was, by providing them with an idyllic escape at one of two luxury holiday homes, for free.

Pam, who is also mum to Adam, 18, and Grace six, said she is exhausted at the end of the day but the thought of Hannah keeps her going.

‘It is hard work and sometimes I joke that my husband Colin only sees my right cheek because I’m always on the laptop answering emails or sending begging letters for the charity.

‘Women are always thinking ahead about the next thing they have to do, and I’m the same.

‘People ask me where I get the energy from but I do have fantastic family and friends around to help.

‘And I always make sure that we sit and eat dinner as a family and talk and laugh about the day.’

Pam added: ‘The News covers so many stories on so many different people that it’s really nice to recognise women specifically.

‘We juggle so many different things in life and are always thinking ahead.

‘There are a lot of inspirational women I know who I will be nominating for the awards.’

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘I’m really proud to be able to help launch these awards.

‘Over the years I have met some inspirational women who have made a huge difference to our communities.

‘I’m really looking forward to celebrating those achievements.’

To make your nomination fill in the form on page 15 of The News today.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 27.