Empowering women to achieve greatness and encouraging them to realise their dreams is of great importance, particularly in what is predominantly a male-dominated society. What do some of the most successful women in the world have in common? They have a passion, they have an opinion and more importantly they want it to be heard.
The Women of the Year Awards are a chance to honour women’s outstanding individual achievements in all professions year on year, and we were delighted to recognise the achievements of this year’s winners on Friday 9 October at a glittering gala award ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.
The annual event, now in its 33rd year, has celebrated the accomplishments of inspirational women from across the ages, and our charity is extremely grateful to have been a beneficiary of the awards since the event’s foundation.
What were they awarded? I hear you ask. Well here’s a little more about this year’s leading ladies and the awards they so rightly deserved. Dr Sharon Redrobe, Twycross Zoo CEO and world-renowned zoologist was awarded the coveted Businesswoman of the Year Award, in recognition of her leadership of Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire. Baroness Helen Newlove was also recognised for her tireless campaigning work for victims of crime. In a break from tradition, a special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott in recognition of her work as former CEO of the national employment charity, Tomorrow’s People.
All three ladies named above will join the Women of the Year Hall of Fame, alongside previous winners who include disability campaigner Claire Lomas, who took 17 days to complete the 2012 London Marathon with the assistance of a robotic suit and Katie Piper, whose personal story My Beautiful Face inspired millions, to name but a few.
Linda Beaney, Trustee of our charity, whole-heartedly commended the 2015 Women of the Year for their achievements when she said:
“Huge congratulations to Sharon, Helen and Deborah on your achievements today. You are all so deserving of your awards and have provided a fantastic example for people everywhere to follow.
On behalf of Revitalise, I would like to thank all the women here at this fantastic event for your support. In its three decades this event has raised around half a million pounds for our vital work. Your generosity will help us to continue and expand our vital work supporting disabled people and carers from the Midlands and across the UK.”