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Publication date:- 2017-07-10

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Women of the Emergency Services deserving winners of achievement award

IN a break from tradition and after a most tumultuous year, a group of women from the UK's Police, Fire and Ambulance Services have been jointly rewarded today at a gala award ceremony in Birmingham, in gratitude and recognition of their leadership and dedication in the face of the terrorist atrocities, in Manchester and London and the terrible tragedy, at Grenfell Tower.

Receiving the Woman of Achievement Award 2017 on behalf of the women of the Emergency Services were Commissioner Dany Cotton of the London Fire Service, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi of the Metropolitan Police Service, PC Alice Jacobs, who was 1 of the 1st on the scene during the recent London terror attacks, Heather Lawrence OBE of the London Ambulance Service and Tracy Porter, Head of Resilience and Special Operations of the London Ambulance Service.

The Award was presented to the women by former winner Baroness Helen Newlove of Warrington, Victims Commissioner for England and Wales. The women take over from the current holder, Liverpool's Margaret Aspinall, who received the award in recognition of her tireless campaigning for justice for the families and friends of the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

Former winners of the Woman of Courage or Achievement Award include Martine Wright, who overcame the horrific loss of both of her legs in the 7/7 terrorist bombings of 2005 to rebuild her life and compete at the London 2012 Paralympics, and Katie Piper, whose personal story My Beautiful Face inspired millions.

Also celebrated at the awards was Fleur Sexton, co-founder of PET-Xi Training, which has helped more than 100,000 youngsters from across the UK, who received the Businesswoman of the Year award from Nicola Elliott, founder of home fragrance brand, Neom Organics.

The 35th annual Women of the Year luncheon and awards ceremony, hosted by BBC Midlands Today's Arti Halai and Nick Owen, took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, NEC, on 6 October 2017. Around 500 guests were treated to a 3 course luncheon before the presentation of the awards. Proceeds from the event will be divided between Revitalise and Tomorrow's People.

Revitalise CEO Chris Simmonds, who attended the event, commented:- "I can't think of a more deserving group of people for the Woman of Achievement Award the women of our Emergency Services, as exemplified by those here today. In recent months the women of our Police, Fire and Ambulance Services have displayed incredible courage and fortitude in the face of quite terrifying circumstances. By their actions, these women have proved themselves to be worthy custodians of the grand traditions of the Emergency Services. As a charity supporting disabled people and carers, Revitalise operates in a very different sphere of activity, but we understand that it takes time to build a legacy, something these women have achieved through many years of tenacity and dedication. We applaud them for displaying these qualities in such abundance. Finally, I would like to thank everyone here today for showing your support of our charity. Your continued generosity will enable us to continue our vital work supporting disabled people and carers, from here in the Midlands and all across the UK."

Pauline Edden, Board Director of the Woman of the Year Awards, said:- "We departed from tradition with pleasure this year in order to present this award to a group of women, not just an individual. The women of our Emergency Services are worthy of our recognition, this year more than ever. It is testament to their dedication that many women have risen to the very top of their respective Services, in domains which until recently were traditionally regarded as exclusively male oriented. They have also proved themselves in action, by protecting and serving us with great skill and determination, often under the most frightening of circumstances.  I would also like to give thanks to all the wonderful supporters who continue to make our event possible."

The Women of the Year Awards honour women's outstanding individual achievement in all professions. In addition to the Woman of Achievement Award, the Businesswoman of the Year Award recognises outstanding achievement in the sphere of business and provides positive role models to encourage other women to enter the business arena.

Revitalise has been a beneficiary of the awards since the event's foundation. Revitalise is a national charity providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers, with 24- hour nurse led care on call and personal support, at 3 accessible centres, in Essex, Southampton and Southport. All of Revitalise's centres offer a wide range of activities and excursions. For more information visit:- Revitalise.Org.UK.


Kinship care celebrated in Liverpool

ACTIVITIES are taking place in Liverpool next week to promote awareness of 'kinship carers;' who take on children that would otherwise end up in foster care. Kinship care is where a child is placed with a family member or a close friend of the family, rather than being fostered by the local authority. It has huge advantages as it ensures continuity of care for the young person because they remain with someone they know. As part of National Kinship Awareness Week, that runs from 9 October to 13 October 2017, a series of events have been organised by Kinship Carers Liverpool, a charity based at Ellergreen Children's and Community Centre in Norris Green.

Pauline Thornley, Project Co-ordinator for Kinship Carers Liverpool, said:- "What we are trying to do is let people know about the amazing work that our kinship carers do and tell other kinship carers that we are here to support them. The choice of whether to become a kinship carer can happen to anyone who has relatives or close friends with children.  Anyone of us could become a Kinship Carer, the reasons are wide and varied, ranging from the tragic death of a parent, imprisonment or issues to do with mental health and drug or alcohol addiction. We run courses and hold events and activities for both carers and young people, providing the support they need to help them through life's challenges. We offer unique and tailor-made services that specifically address the needs of these families."

Councillor Barry Kushner, Cabinet member for children's services, said:- "There are so many cases where grandparents, aunts and uncles step in to provide a stable home for children in their family, many of whom may have ended up in care.  These family members need support and Kinship Carers Liverpool do an incredible job providing advice and support to young people and carers and we are extremely grateful to them for their work."

Anyone who is a kinship carer is welcome to attend the following activities at Ellergreen Children's and Community Centre on Ellergreen Road in Norris Green:-

Monday, 9 October 2017, from 10am to 2pm; coffee morning, bingo and lunch.
Wednesday, 11 October 2017, from 6pm to 8pm; kin kids party.
Friday, 13  October 2017, from 12pm to 3pm; afternoon tea for kin carers with food, music and entertainment.

A video about Kinship Carers' work can be found on Vimeo.

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