A couple of weeks back I had the absolute pleasure of attending a very powerful awards ceremony being held by Woman & Home in partnership with JD Williams. Full of glitz and glamour, it was just what the doctor ordered after my past sombre few months.
When the invitation arrived explaining this wasn’t just for the awards ceremony, but a full glamourous 24 hours, I couldn’t wait for the day to arrive. The cherry on the top was getting to spend it with one of the nominees aka my partner in crime Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones.
The lead up to the ceremony
An early morning train into Waterloo is how it all began. We were whisked off to a studio where a lot of the nominees had already arrived. It was good to chat and get to know some of the stories behind these amazing women. some of their achievements are absolutely gobsmacking.
Once we were all “Done up” photos and filming were done. ( a bit nerve-wracking that filming!) I had my hair done with the spiral tongs. I’m contemplating on getting myself a pair. What do you think? Ashley loved it but I’m a bit dubious about how hot those tongs can be. My rollers are much more gentle. Thoughts please everyone!
After the studio, we were taken to a lovely hotel where we were to spend the night after the awards ceremony. Durrants Hotel was gorgeous and I will write more about that later, but it made the day even more special. Our partners were also invited and it was great for them to meet up for the first time.
The dress was gifted for the event, I chose this one for the gorgeous vibrant colours. You will never believe what a bargain price it is? At the moment it’s a mere £25.00!! I wore it with my bargain find Zara shoes that I paid £5.00 for and the clutch was mum’s from the 80’s if I remember rightly.
A night to remember Celebrating with all these fabulous inspiring women
Anyway, enough about me for a bit.Let’s not forget what this ceremony is all about. 50 women over 50 all have done incredible things. I’m going to mention a few here, but you can read all about the women and what they’ve achieved in this months Woman & Home magazine.
Lots of these women have set up businesses, charities or support groups because something happened to them at some point in their lives. They’ve sat down, thought about it and rose to the challenge of getting their ideas out there. I think it’s so uplifting and really inspiring.
They’ve started with small acorns and ended up with big oak tree’s and that just goes to prove that you should never say can’t. The proof is here..
Lesley Knight – The mother who funded 21 Heli pads in memory of her son
A standing ovation for this lovely lady who lost her son in an accident. Picked up by air ambulance but died because there was nowhere for the helicopter to land.
Just take a minute and suck that in. Can you imagine even being in a scene like that? Losing your son over something like that?
Lesely has raised £686.000 in her son’s memory for the Help apeal to get more Heli pads available. I was just awestruck by this woman.
Alison Young – Runs nursing study days and is chair of the British Menopause Society
Alison, pictured here with Woman & Home editor Kath Brown and Radio Two’s presenter Jo Whiley who were handing out the awards.
Alison gives workplace awareness sessions to help women understand the menopause. I’m wondering how much the men get involved because I think they need to understand just as much!
Yay to this award! We are noted as an industry now. Young or us more mature women. Country wives picked up an award for best social influencers.
There are so many more! Go get yourself the mag, it’s a really good read. My friends Look Fabulous Forever was nominated too. It was good to see them at the ceremony.
Other winners were from all walks of life, A woman who set up a film academy for young people, a hero in my book was Carrie Herbert. Founder of “intensive care school” for bullies. Her charity has so far helped 700 bullied children.
Celebrating in the best of Company
Shame about the fuzziness of this pic. Here I am standing proudly next to my two blogger friends that were nominated. Nikki Garnett of Midlife Chic and of course Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones. We had an absolute ball of a night. Claridges was beautiful, with champagne, cocktails and Canapes all night.
Getting to meet Jo Whiley. Just look at that dress! Jo looked absolutely stunning!
My only regret is that I didn’t get any shots inside Claridges on the night. I would have loved to have shared with you but the lighting was just too dark. But trust me it was amazing!