ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award
The ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award winner 2015 is Pat Rogers, as voted for by the public.
Pat Rogers, 63, was devastated by the loss of her son, Adam, who was killed at the age of 24 in 2009. Adam was killed when trying to act as a peacemaker when a fight broke out in Blackburn town centre. Despite her overwhelming grief, Pat wanted something positive to come out of this appalling tragedy. Sarah Flanagan, a good friend and colleague of Pat’s for over 30 years had nominated her for the award.
With her husband, Dave, she founded a charity called ‘Every Action Has Consequences’ in 2010 and has worked tirelessly since to produce a wide range of educational resources to encourage young people to address the issues of binge drinking and potential consequent violence. These resources are used in schools, colleges, prisons, young offenders institutions, in sports groups, youth groups and with apprentices. In addition the charity goes into schools to deliver talks, advice and, most crucially, training for teachers to help them implement the extensive pack of learning resources. Pat’s previous career as an Assistant Principal for Pastoral Work in a Sixth Form College has helped her produce effective and professional materials.
Pat Rogers said: “It’s a real honour to win the ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the work done by our charity to be recognised and to reach a national audience, so that more people may hear about our work and use our materials.”
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