The achievements of inspirational women from across our district have been recognised and celebrated at a special event for International Women’s Day.
Organised by the Harrogate and District Soroptimists, the evening at Wesley Chapel on March 8 was a chance to showcase how women are proactively working together in our community to make a difference.
The Soroptimists presented their Young Woman in the Community Award to two joint winners, Amy Honeysett and Ellen Young, in recognition of their selfless volunteering work.
Amy was commended for her dedication to several volunteering roles - including children’s bereavement support worker for Just B, leader of 6th Harrogate Guides, and a listener for Samaritans.
She said: “I love volunteering. In the roles that I have done, I have just enjoyed being able to help people to have a space to be themselves and give that support.”
Ellen was praised for her proactive contribution to the community in setting up a food bank at Harrogate Grammar School, as well as setting up the Harrogate Climbing Team and sitting on the school charities committee.
Ellen said she felt extremely honoured to have been given the award in a speech read out on her behalf.
The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown, and President of Harrogate and District Soroptimists Pat Shore presented the awards.
The Mayor said: “I think it is extremely important that we celebrate International Women’s Day in our district, and this event was a perfect way of doing that.”
The Harrogate Ladies College Choir gave a moving performance especially tailored to International Women’s Day, with songs including ‘In Flanders Fields’ and ‘Love Divine’.
The Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Lisa Winward, gave a speech on safeguarding women and children in today’s society. Community groups including Probus, Inner Wheel, Girl Guides and the Women’s Institute also attended to support the special event, along with the Harrogate Advertiser.
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