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Woman of Rochdale 2018

Women of the Borough Unite

Nominations are now open to find this year’s Woman of Rochdale. You could hold the key to rewarding the achievements of a woman in your community who deserves the recognition of the Borough.  Nominate your Woman of Rochdale NOW.

Springhill Hospice is inviting you to put pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard, to nominate local women who go all out for their community.  Is there a woman in your neighbourhood who uses her time to help others, who gives 110% to enhance the lives of others or who dedicates her efforts to a good cause?   

Over the next four weeks you have the opportunity to nominate women in the Borough who care for our community.  Just think, your nomination could lead to a local,  outstanding, wonder woman, being recognised for her community pride and named as the 26th Woman of Rochdale at a sumptuous luncheon held at Rochdale Town Hall on Friday 27th April.

Nominating is easy.  Either visit www.­springhill.­org.­uk/­woman-of-rochdale  and fill out the online form or, if you’d prefer to put pen to paper, call the Fundraising Office on 01706 641790 (opt 1) or email fundraising@springhill.org.uk to request your form today.

Nominations will be considered by an all women committee, made up of local ladies from all walks of life, from lawyers to Councillors, business women to retirees.  Nominations should be between 200 and 500 words and describe exactly what sets your community champion apart from others.  Nominations close in just four weeks, on Monday 26th March – so don’t delay.   Submit your nomination today to make a difference to a woman from your neighbourhood whose dedication, care and community spirit is an inspiration to others.

Last year, Littleborough resident Kath O’Donnell was recognised for her efforts in raising money and awareness for Cancer Research.  Amongst other achievements, Kath led a ‘Go Pink’ campaign that saw her community of Littleborough, colouring up against cancer.  “Being chosen by my peers and my community, as an inspiration to others, was unexpected and amazing.  I’m still pinching myself that the enthusiasm and passion I have for fighting against the devastation of cancer, has led to this award.  It’s an honour”.

Kath will sit on the top table ready to present this year’s Woman of Rochdale with the title of Woman of Rochdale 2018.  Sitting alongside her will be guest speaker and another inspiring woman, Olympic Gold Medalist, Joanna Rowsell Shand. Joanna announced her retirement from Olympic cycling at the end of last year, having achieved, amongst other things, multiple gold medals and a World Championship title.  Now studying for a Physiology degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, alongside her work as spokeswoman for Alopecia UK, Joanna spends what spare time she has sharing with others the challenges she has faced not just in her cycling career but in her experiences of alopecia, the hair loss condition that she has lived with from a young age.

“Joanna is an inspiration to women of all ages, cultures and backgrounds and the ideal guest speaker at this year’s awards luncheon, in the year when we’re celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote” said event organiser Sophie Ansley.  “Who better thanJoanna to remind local ladies that everything and anything is possible in life.”

You too can join Joanna, Kath and hundreds of other women at this year’s event, enjoying a Prosecco drinks reception and 3 course luncheon, in the beautiful surroundings of Rochdale Town Hall’s Great Hall.  Tickets are available to buy online at www.­springhill.­org.­uk/­woman-of-rochdale.  Tickets for the event are just £37, with proceeds from the day contributing to patients care at Springhill Hospice.


Photograph courtesy of Kerry and David Hargreaves Photograph