Annual Glass Slipper Awards pay Tribute to Women Across the Region
Posted on the 28 February 2019
The annual Glass Slipper Awards pay tribute to women across the region who are inspirational in what they do. And in a glittering award ceremony at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on Friday 22nd February they were given the recognition they deserved.
Held by the Sunshine Fund and sponsored by the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, the awards are given in seven different categories such as Woman of the Year, Young Achiever and Outstanding Business Leader. The host Anna Foster announced the worthy winners to an audience of over 300 guests from around the North East. The event consisted of a networking drinks reception with a small exhibition which included stands from Believe2Achieve beauty based at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead and the Handbag clinic. Then onto the main event with seven awards been given to truly worthy winners, a delicious lunch followed by a further drinks reception and music in the Windows and the Tyne bar at the hotel where the guests could marvel at the spectacular view of the Quayside and enjoy some music.
After receiving some incredible nominations, the esteemed judges had the tough job of whittling it down to just twenty one finalists.
Among those was Gemma Lowery who lost her son Bradley to neuroblastoma in 2017 and went on to create the Bradley Lowery Foundation. The thousands raised for the tragic six-year-old’s treatment will now go towards helping other children with similar illnesses. Gemma scooped the Remarkable Woman category, sponsored by Northern Railway, for her work with the foundation.
This year, the Woman in the Community award was voted for by the public and this award, sponsored by Reach, was won by Louise from Oasis Community Housing. The award honours an individual who is dedicated to making a real difference to people’s lives through their career, Benefitting the lives of people in North East communities. Louise uses her own experiences to help while volunteering with a domestic violence group and working with people struggling with homelessness. Louise now works alongside professionals, does public speaking and leads group work becoming a role model for other women.
The Outstanding Business Leader was won by Yvonne Ormston from North East Ambulance NHS Trust. This award was sponsored by the venue itself Hilton Newcastle Gateshead and was awarded to Yvonne by Lynn Proud director of Sales at the hotel.
Sunshine Fund director, Siobhan Sargeant, said: “Here at The Chronicle Sunshine Fund we have been overwhelmed with the calibre of nominations for awards this year. It’s been really humbling for us to hear of all of the valuable work happening right here in our North East and it certainly makes us feel proud and honoured to be able to champion this work. This is a really special year for the Glass Slipper Awards with the introduction of a brand new category, Woman in The Community and for the first time Chronicle readers have been able to shape the outcome of one of our awards by voting for their winner. Again, the response was overwhelming and we would like to thank readers who took part. I’d really like to thank all of the category sponsors including Northern Rail, Lowes, Reach, the University of Sunderland, College, our headline sponsor North and of course the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead for the fabulous event.”