Sue Connerty took the overall title of Merseyside Woman of the Year and amongst the other winners honoured at the Merseyside Women of the Year Awards 2018 were Alison Lobb, Barbara Spicer and Angela O’Connor.
They were amongst a host of Merseyside women singled out for their achievements in the fields of business, arts, health, charity and voluntary work.
Over 450 people turned out to see them receive their awards at the glamorous ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, organised by 3 busy women Jean Gadsby, Elaine Owen and Ellie Kerr.
The atmosphere was electrifying, at times emotional and absolutely inspirational as guests recognised the extraordinary success of the local women who have inspired, educated and ‘put back’ into local community and created economic growth of the region.
Celebrating 15 years of the awards, the event organisers announced the launch of a new and exciting development; The Merseyside Women’s Fund which will be managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside. The fund will address key challenges facing women in Merseyside and provide the opportunity for women to support other women in our region.
The winners were as follows:
Merseyside Woman of the Year 2018
Winner – Sue Connerty
Sue dedicates her time to helping parents with children affected by a rare condition collectively known as Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism (MPD).
She co-founded the charity Walking With Giants Foundation in 2008 with her husband, after her own son was diagnosed with Majewski Osteodysplastic Primordial Dwarfism Type II (MOPDII).
Back then there was little information or understanding about MPD in the UK or around the world.
Sue left work to run the charity and has changed so many lives for the better, all over the world. She works through time zones, being available day and night.
Every year, she brings families throughout the world to Liverpool for a convention for MPD.
Here, children can be themselves without fear of stares or remarks, as well as have medical people on hand. They can just be children, thanks to Sue.
In 2014, her son was re-diagnosed with a subtype of MPD called Traipe after doctors, through WWGF, began in-depth research on different types of Primordial Dwarfism.
Business Leader – sponsored by DLA Piper
Winner – Barbara Spicer
Spirit of the City – sponsored by Merseyside Women of the Year
Winner Alison Lobb
Women Making a Difference – sponsored by Leonard Curtis
Winner – Lorna Brookes
Runner up – Carol Hamlett
Inspirational Women – sponsored by The Community Foundation for Merseyside
Winner – Sue Connerty
Winner – Lizz Peatfield
Runner up – Anne Doran
Young Apprentice – sponsored by Alder Training
Winner – Emma Oakes
Runner Up – Alex Knight
Social Impact – sponsored by Women In Business
Winner – Angela O’Connor
Runner up – Anne Lundon
Runner up – Maxine Ennis
Community Change – Sponsored by Neo and Addvanced Solutions
Winner – Amy Butterworth
Runner up – Julie Lawson
Runner up – Chrissie Byrne
Arts & Culture sponsored by Merseyside Women of the Year
Winner - Rare Studio
Runner Up – Julia Samuels
Entrepreneur – Sponsored by Brabners
Winner – Katie Walker
Runner Up - Rebecca Houghton
Women of Courage sponsored by Courage and Sparkle Foundation
Winner – Carley Attewell-Rolfe
Womens Group – Sponsored by Knowsley Chamber of Commerce
Winner – Honeysuckle Bereavement Team
Runner Up – Tomorrow’s Women Wirral
Best Supporting Male – Remembering Julie Award – Sponsored by Andy Shute
Winner – Graham Walton
Elaine Owen one of the organisers of Merseyside Women of the Year said: “What a fabulous inspirational day celebrating Merseyside’s fantastic women and their amazing achievements –its uplifting and encouraging being part of it all. We are particularly pleased to announce the launch of the Merseyside Women’s Fund and as founding partners we are delighted that this fund will specifically help women in Merseyside and will be managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.
Headline sponsors were Michael W Halsall Solicitors.
Collette McCann from Michael W Halsall Solicitors said;
“This is the fifth year in a row that we have sponsored this incredible event. Michael W Halsall solicitors are extremely pleased to be involved in such a fantastic inspirational event that advocates and showcase’s what we believe in; Goodwill, Going the extra mile and recognising those who really give back to our business, professional and local communities.
Every finalist was a worthy winner in our eyes. The challenges overcome and the determination shown both professionally and personally makes them all an inspiration to the whole of Merseyside. We are very proud that the event is a founding partner of the new Merseyside Women’s Fund and we look forward to seeing it successfully help and serve women across Merseyside."
It is the mission of the Merseyside Women of the Year organisers to celebrate women’s achievements, to reward the best of the best and leave an enduring legacy for the next generation of Women to be inspired.