Nominations open for Woman of Rochdale

Date published: 27 February 2018

Is there a woman in your neighbourhood who uses her time to help others, who gives 100% to enhance the lives of others or who dedicates her efforts to a good cause? Nominations are now open to find this year’s Woman of Rochdale. 

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.

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. 

Kath said: “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 is 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.

Event organiser Sophie Ansley said: “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. Who better than Joanna to remind local ladies that everything and anything is possible in life?”

You can join Joanna, Kath and hundreds of other women at this year’s event, enjoying a Prosecco drinks reception and three course luncheon in the beautiful surroundings of Rochdale Town Hall’s Great Hall. 

Tickets for the event are £37, with proceeds from the day contributing to patients care at Springhill Hospice.

Nominations close Monday 26 March.

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