Nominations open for Cumbria Women of the Year

The 2016 winners: Sally Beamish, patron CWY Juliet Westoll MBE, and Cheryl Berry
The 2016 winners: Sally Beamish, patron CWY Juliet Westoll MBE, and Cheryl Berry

Do you know an inspirational woman?

Nominations are now open for the annual Cumbria Women of the Year award, recognising and celebrating the county's unique and inspiring women.

They are often unsung heroes whose actions, kindness, generosity and dedication enrich the lives of others.

A spokeswoman for the awards said: "The next time you hear yourself saying 'I don’t know how she does it' or 'where would we be without her', stop a second and consider whether that special person should be nominated for Cumbria Women of the Year."

For the third year, the prestigious awards lunch - paying tribute to the women who make a difference to life in Cumbria - will be held at the Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel, overlooking Windermere, on Wednesday, November 29.

Nominees can come from all walks of life.

Last year’s Cumbria Woman of the Year was Cheryl Berry, who was in the vanguard of the team that responded to the devastation of Storm Desmond.

She made and delivered hot meals from her own Romney’s Bar in Kendal, galvanising support and co-ordinating the volunteer effort.

Landscape historian Sally Beamish’s work in restoring the Gardens at Brantwood was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Make your nomination by downloading a form at or contact the new chairwoman of Cumbria Women of the Year, Judith Pattinson, by calling 016977 2043.

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