Inspiring Cheshire women receive trophies

PUBLISHED: 10:54 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:05 20 February 2013

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Inspiring women 1

Local women with tales of achievement, determination and courage were honoured at the Inspiring Women Awards <br/><br/>WORDS BY LYNNE ARNOLD<br/><br/>PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN COCKS

Cheshire is home to remarkable women and the Inspiring Women Awards at Manchester's Midland Hotel highlighted the incredible achievements of a very impressive group.

Women from all walks of life, the public and private business sector, entrepreneurship and charities moved the guests at the glamorous luncheon with their personal stories.

Guests felt privileged to hear the personal, often heartrending stories of the 12 women shortlisters. Nominations had been sought from the public to track down these unsung heroines who have made a difference in other people's lives.

After hearing the moving and often humorous stories, four women triumphed, receiving a standing ovation as they picked up their Inspiring Women trophies.

Founder and Award organiser, Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy said: 'The quality and diversity of this year's finalists is both impressive and inspiring, and they are recognised as powerful role models who will encourage other females to aspire. I hope that this event continues to prove its ability to identify and celebrate the work of women who make a difference. Winners always mention that they don't feel they do anything special or they felt humbled in comparison to the achievements of other nominees; their humility is always the hallmark of their inspiration to others.'

The 2009 Awards were presented by celebrity chef David Gale, executive chef at the Hilton in Manchester, and the lunch was compered by Trevor Hunt, BBC Radio Manchester commentator.

It was a celebrity event to which Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life magazines are proud to be media partners. The Awards were broadcast live by BBC Radio Manchester, and three Salford City Reds rugby players graced the stage for the charity appeal for The British Red Cross which raised over 3,000 for the local skin camouflage project.

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