Outstanding women rewarded at gala event
Lucy Shuker, Britain’s number one wheelchair tennis player, scooped the 2011 Vitalise Woman of Achievement Award at the charity’s annual Women of the Year luncheon and award ceremony at Birmingham’s prestigious Hilton Metropole Hotel on 14 October.
Lucy, 31, from Hampshire, is Britain’s number one ranked women’s wheelchair tennis player and 10th ranked in the world. She received the illustrious award in recognition of her inspirational achievements in the world of disabled sport, having overcome being paralysed from the chest down following a motorbike accident in 2001.
The 29th annual luncheon and awards ceremony, attended by over 400 high achieving women, was presented by Arti Halai, formerly of ITV’s Central News, with the keynote speech delivered by special guest Kirstie Allsopp, star of TV’s property show Location, Location, Location. Vitalise Chair Mindy Sawhney also delivered an impassioned speech urging those present to continue supporting the charity.
Linda Duberley, Vitalise’s Director of Fundraising and Communication, said:
“At Vitalise we want to enrich the lives of disabled people by helping them achieve their personal goals, and Lucy is a fantastic example of that spirit. I’d also like to thank the thousands of women who have supported this event over the years. Their generosity has helped us to continue providing life-changing opportunities for thousands of disabled people each year.”
The Vitalise Business Woman of the Year Award went to Julie White, MD of West Midlands company D-Drill in recognition of her work modernising the family firm.
Proceeds from the event were donated directly to Vitalise. Over the previous 28 years, the awards have raised around £500,000 for Vitalise.