Winners’ Blogs – Jackie Millerchip
21st June 2012 by Natalie Burns
Jackie Millerchip, from Hinckley in Leicestershire, was awarded the first ever ITV1’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award at the Women of the Year Lunch in 2011.
Please describe your experience at the Lunch in October 2011
I had a truly wonderful experience, it was very memorable. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The company of all the women was fantastic, the venue was beautiful and the award ceremony was very enjoyable; with some inspirational women. There was attention to detail in every matter concerned with the day from the layout of the tables to the food that was provided. It is a day that I will never forget.
What did winning the award mean to you?
It is very hard to describe in words what winning the award meant. It is an honour and a privilege to have been nominated for the award let alone to have won the award. By winning the award it allowed for individuals to see what it is that I do and why I do what I do; I don’t see this as a job it is more a vocation. I have been overwhelmed with the kind words of all those involved.
Why are award ceremonies like Women of the Year Lunch important?
I think it is important to reflect on the achievements of inspirational women throughout the year; it is also nice to feel valued and to have recognition for what it is that we do. It is also an opportunity to be able to meet with other inspiring individuals and reflect and share experiences with each other.
Which women have been inspirations in your life and why?
I personally feel that I was very much inspired by the work of Lady Diana; Princess of Wales. The hard work and determination that she gave to each task she was faced by was admirable. She changed so many peoples life’s for the better in so many ways; she was and still is an inspiration to so many individuals. I have also been told by many people that in certain photographs I too have certain feature of Lady Diana; especially those photos in my earlier years.
What has been your biggest achievement to date and what goals do you have for the future?
My biggest achievement to date I would say would be bettering the bridge of discrimination that exists with able bodied children and disabled children; by allowing children to interact through play. In regards to goals for the future; I hope to find a worthy investor who would be willing to enable Diverse and Unique Care to expand by purchasing another property in order to continue to provide support to those families that need it most.
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