ITV’s Lorraine finalists
9th October 2014 by Natalie Burns
The three nominees for the ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Women of the Year Award were revealed on the show this week and viewers can vote for the winner from today (Thursday 9 October).
ITV’s Lorraine programme asked viewers to nominate women in their lives who have inspired them and their community. From hundreds of incredible entries, Lorraine Kelly, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC (President of the Women of the Year) and Victoria Milligan, RNLI and Child Bereavement UK fundraiser, have picked three exceptional women as nominees: Joanne Thompson from Bramhall in Cheshire, Sam Davis from Peterborough and Tracey Ford from Raynes Park in Surrey.
They appeared on the Lorraine sofa during the week of the 6 October and viewers will be able to vote for their winner from today (Thursday 9 October). Each nominee has made an amazing contribution to their community and helped change lives for the better.
Nominated by her mother-in-law, Sue Moore, Sam Davis, 43, caught the attention of the judges for setting up Little People UK (LPUK). She founded the organisation three years ago to offer guidance and support for both dwarves and average-height parents of dwarf children. Every year she organises a convention and people of all ages attend, from even as far afield as America. Some adult dwarves who attend have not ever met another little person before and, through Little People, find strength and support by mixing, talking and laughing with people of their own size. Sam has also given children who suffer torment and bullying at school new hope in their lives.
Tracey Ford, 52, was nominated by Chloe Anderson for her work raising awareness of the effects of youth violence. She founded the JAGS Foundation following the murder of her son, James Andre Godfrey Smartt-Ford, to support families bereaved by youth violence and help young people who are at risk of joining gangs. She also came to realise the that the issue of young women being on the periphery of gangs needs to be addressed, so she developed the C.A.R.E (Choosing Another Route: Empowerment) Programme to empower young women displaying warning signs of heading down the wrong path.
Friend and neighbour, Sarah Golding nominated Joanne Thompson, 29, for setting up Millie’s Trust in memory of Joanne’s daughter Millie, who passed away when she was nine months old in October 2012 while at nursery. Joanne is now a qualified first aid trainer and spends all of her time training first aide with Millie’s Trust. She also campaigns for the law to change that requires all nursery workers to have training in paediatric first aid, as the law currently states only one first aider is needed on site.
Lorraine Kelly says of the nominees: “All of the entries for the Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year award were incredible and, as ever, it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just three finalists. However, the three women we have chosen are truly wonderful and extraordinary and their stories were particularly moving and inspiring. Sam, Tracey and Joanne are a real inspiration and have each made a huge difference in their communities. I wish them all the very best of luck!”
The three ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year nominees will attend the 60th Women of the Year Lunch on Monday 13 October, joining 450 other incredible women from all walks of life, each selected for their personal contribution to society.
The winner of ITV’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 vote, please visit: http://www.itv.com/lorraine/hot-topics/vote-for-your-inspirational-woman-of-the-year
ITV’s Lorraine broadcasts Monday-Friday, 8.30am – 9.25am on ITV following Good Morning Britain and features a compelling live mix of the stories of the day, entertainment, lifestyle and guests.
Lorraine Kelly welcomes a wide range of people – her thoughtful and warm interviews with those caught up in extraordinary events to those with celebrity guests are always engaging and draw out stories and experiences that inspire.
Follow the search on Twitter via @ITVLorraine @womenofyear #lkwomanofinspiration
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