Saturday, 5 November 2011

Inspiring Sue

Each one of us reading this will, most likely, already know that Sue Hayward is a truly inspirational woman.
Her determination and sacrifice to fulfil her Happy House vision has already touched our hearts.
But there are so many who don't yet know about the work of our small but incredib charity, which she founded and leads.
They don't know how our Happy House is saving and changing children's lives, giving them the happy childhood they deserve and opportunities to have a really fulfilling life in future.
So we are delighted that Sue has been nominated as a finalist in the Network She Awards which take place on Friday, November 18,
at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.
Since their launch in 2008 the Network She Awards have become recognised as the platform to celebrate the success of women who mean business.
This glittering gala black tie event presents the ideal opportunity to recognise and reward the inspiring achievements of business women and women in business, who have succeeded and continue to succeed in their chosen field during such difficult, turbulent and unpredictable times.
This year Network She has been successful in securing the company of OBE awarded International Business Woman Michelle Mone. Widely recognised for her achievements in the business sector as well as her presence on television programmes such as The Apprentice.
Network She produces a glossy magazine and the current issue carries a feature on Sue's work, which I was asked to submit after meeting the Network founder Ruth Lloyd-Williams at an event at the Villa, Wrea Green, organised by local businesswoman Kim Chamberlain.
Sue says: "I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been chosen as a finalist. Winning this award would do so much to raise vital awareness of our work at the Happy House. It's just lovely and very humbling to nominated."
Sadly, Sue is unable to attend the ceremony and because the date is so close to our travelling to Kenya, neither Lynn nor I can be their either to represent her and we don't know of anyone nearby who could attend on her behalf.
We are so thrilled Sue, Lancashire Woman of the Year in 2008, is being recognised by such a prestigious group of leading businesswomen and have our fingers' and toes crossed - as do all 54 of our kids- that she will be a very worthy winner.