31st August 2012 by Natalie Burns
On Monday 3 September the search for ITV1’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year will begin. TV presenter Lorraine Kelly will be joined by Denise Lewis, the gold medal-winning former heptathlete, to launch the 2012 award.
Viewers will be invited to nominate an inspirational woman in their lives, before choosing a winner from the final three nominees. The three ITV1’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year nominees will attend the Women of the Year lunch on 22 October, joining 400 other incredible women from all walks of life, each selected for their personal contribution to society. The winner of ITV1’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year will be announced during the lunch and will appear on the programme the following day.
For more information on how to nominate an inspirational woman for the award, watch ITV1 on Monday from 8.30am or visit http://www.itv.com/lorraine/hottopics/woman-of-the-year/
Jackie Millerchip , a child minder from Hinckley in Leicestershire, was awarded the first ever ITV1’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award at the 2011 Women of the Year Lunch.
Jackie was nominated by a friend who felt that she didn’t get enough recognition for her work caring for able-bodied children alongside those with severe disabilities. Jackie was selected as the overall winner by viewers of ITV1’s Lorraine.
Speaking about the 2012 award, Lorraine Kelly said: “After the inspirational stories that were uncovered in last year’s search, I’m looking forward to learning about more extraordinary women this year. This award is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the incredible, and often unsung, achievements of women who have each made a real difference to the lives of people around them.”
Denise Lewis said: “I am so excited to be joining the search for the UK’s most inspirational woman. There are some amazing women out there and this award will recognise their achievements and hopefully inspire other woman as well.”
Lorraine is broadcast Monday-Friday, 8.30am – 9.25am on ITV1 following Daybreak. Hosted by Lorraine Kelly, the show features a mix of entertainment, human interest stories, topical debates on the day’s news, and the best in lifestyle, food and fashion features.
Broadcasting live from a new look studio from 3rd September, the show features interviews with celebrities, both in the UK and live from Hollywood, as well as with ordinary people with extraordinary, inspirational stories. http://www.itv.com/lorraine/hottopics/woman-of-the-year/
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