Merseyside Women of the Year Awards to host “a conversation with Cherie Blair CBE, KC” at 2023 ceremony

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Merseyside Women of the Year Awards (MWOTY) 2023 ceremony will feature “A conversation with Cherie Blair CBE, KC”, hosted by the CEO of the Community Foundation for Merseyside, Rae Brooke.

The barrister and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women has been a Patron for the Community Foundation for Merseyside for sixteen years, donating her time to passionately promote the importance of charitable giving that will support communities with the most need.

The conversation, which will take place during the ceremony luncheon, will see Rae Brooke and Cherie discuss her personal journey, focusing on supporting women in Merseyside, the UK and internationally, why platforms that celebrate women are so vital, and her hope and aspirations for future generations, including the women and girls in her own family.

Brought up in Waterloo in Sefton, Cherie has been invited to the event by MWOTY in recognition of her unwavering passion for Merseyside and commitment to empowering women to achieve their goals, supporting the MWOTY’s ethos and founding mission.

As well as being Patron of MWOTY “Inspirational Women” sponsors, the Community Foundation for Merseyside, Cherie also has a previous connection to the awards ceremony. She was Patron of previous MWOTY winner The Lily Centre, which won the Women’s Group category in 2004 for its work supporting women in the region with breast cancer. The charity operated from 1999 to 2015 supporting some 1,700 people, before founders Peggy O’Brien and Winnie Keating retired and the charity’s work was taken over by the Marina Dalglish Centre.

The awards will return to the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool City Centre on Friday 30th June to celebrate its nineteen incredible finalists.

Ellie Kerr, Founding Director and original ‘Merseyside Woman of the Year’, said: “The MWOTY awards are renowned for shining a spotlight on those women who do not seek the limelight or push themselves to the front, but instead work to make a difference to the people, sectors, and communities they serve. We are and have always been a place for these women to be seen, heard, and found.

“We also seek to inspire other women, particularly younger generations, through sharing the stories of those women who have gone before us, paved the way and continue to lift and fight for other women to this day.

“Cherie is a shining example of that, and we’re excited for her conversation with Rae, who herself has been a longstanding supporter of MWOTY and our mission.”

Cherie Blair CBE, KC, said: “Having been a long-standing advocate of these remarkable awards for many years, I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown and enjoying myself in the company of the exceptional nominees. Each of them exemplifies the indomitable community spirit for which the women of Merseyside are rightfully renowned.”

Rae Brooke, CEO at the Community Foundation for Merseyside, said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring this year’s Merseyside Women of the Year Awards – celebrating the achievements of the incredible women in our community. The awards are an important platform in raising awareness of our Merseyside Women’s Fund, which funds grass roots community groups who work hard to support and empower women and girls in our region, making a difference and changing lives.”

Moira O’Shaughnessy, Managing Partner, FPC commented: “It is a pleasure and privilege for FPC to support both MWOTY and the Community Foundation as 2023’s headline sponsor. This is an event like no other, where women celebrate each other’s achievements in a way which empowers us all and creates momentum for the movement that MWOTY has become. Attendees will be keen to learn from Cherie’s journey and no doubt be inspired to achieve even more.”

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