Three inspirational women from Sefton and a Bootle-based voluntary service have been named finalists in the Merseyside Women of the Year awards 2019.
Laura Hughes, Margot Walker and Brenda Porter will join Bootle based organisation RASA to make the shortlist of 26 unsung heroes from across the region at the annual independent awards ceremony, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool City Centre.
The categories for 2019 are Women’s Group, Young Apprentice, Arts & Media, Entrepreneur, Inspirational Woman, One to Watch, Social Impact, Woman of Courage, Business Leader, Woman Making a Difference and Community Change.
Laura Hughes, Formby, Sefton – Laura Hughes is the sister of Colin McGinty, who was brutally stabbed to death. She campaigns to prevent young people carrying knives and ensure that other families don’t endure the pain hers has suffered.
Margot Walker, Blundellsands, Sefton – Margot’s independent family-run pawnbrokers has survived despite competition from large national companies for over 100 years. For many years she was the only woman representative of the National Council of Pawnbrokers, eventually becoming President.
Brenda Porter, Ainsdale, Sefton – Eighty-year-old Brenda is a tireless “Champion of the Community” in Ainsdale and her impact is far reaching. Brenda has not let much get in her way but her age and gender have meant that she has always had to work harder to prove herself.
RASA, Bootle, Sefton – RASA has worked tirelessly for almost 35 years to support victims of rape and sexual abuse. The small grassroots voluntary service welcomes close to 3,000 new clients each year.
Ellie Kerr, of Merseyside Woman of the Year said: “I am very excited for the Awards, as this year as we have had the most nominations and votes ever and we are completely sold out with a waiting list for tickets. The calibre of the Finalists is extremely high. It is fantastic to have such amazing women from Sefton recognised for the difference they are making to others in their own specific sectors.”
The winner will be announced at the annual ceremony on 28th June.