Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall presented the Barclays Women of the Year award to Naomi Davis, Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford, PC Lauren Moore, Cath Daley, Vicky Wijeratne, Laura Prescott, Lea Vaughan and Shoba Manesh who received it on behalf of the Manchester Emergency and Medical Services
The Women of the Manchester Emergency and Medical Services were today (Monday 16 October 2017) honoured with The Barclays Women of the Year Award at the Women of the Year Lunch & Awards at the InterContinental London, Park Lane.
The award was presented to Naomi Davis, Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford, PC Lauren Moore, Cath Daley, Vicky Wijeratne, Laura Prescott, Lea Vaughan and Shoba Manesh on behalf of the Manchester Emergency Services. When the bomb exploded in the Manchester Arena the women of the Emergency Services immediately galvanised into action. Everybody, from ordinary citizens to members of the emergency services and health care professionals behaved in ways that were way beyond the call of duty.
Jane Luca, who lives in the North West and is Chair of Women of the Year, said: “These women represent the remarkable and brave response by the Greater Manchester emergency and medical services to the Manchester arena bombing in May, and became beacons of their community as they went above and beyond to care for and reassure victims, family members and the public. This award is thoroughly deserved and we salute them all.”
Andrea Bonafe, Chief Internal Auditor of Barclays UK added: ‘We are proud to honour these extraordinary women from the Manchester emergency and medical services, not only for their unflinching critical response to the attack, but also for tirelessly working to protect and care for those affected. They are true heroes and we applaud their bravery and professionalism.’
The 2017 Women of the Year Awards pay tribute to the emergency and medical response teams, both here and abroad. The winners have been recognised for their selfless professionalism and heroism during the ceremony and lunch at the InterContinental London Hotel, Mayfair.
Women of the Year president, Sandi Toksvig hosted a group of 400 specially invited women, all honoured as a ‘2017 Woman of Achievement;’ selected for their resilience, resourcefulness, and selfless actions.
Sandi Toksvig, President of Women of the Year, said: “For over 60 years, Women of the Year has proudly recognised and celebrated the achievements of some of the world’s most incredible and bravest women. These women range from the super famous to unsung heroines who are the backbones of charities, industries and indeed every profession possible. The remarkable women who make up the attendees and winners at this year’s Lunch are being recognised for their work making the world a better place.”
Jane Luca, Chair of Women of the Year, adds: “I am extremely proud of the 2017 Women of the Year Award winners and all 400 women of achievement who joined us today. This year’s ceremony recognised and celebrated the bravery of women from our emergency, medical and rescue services both in the UK and internationally in what has been a challenging year. The stories of their heroism are endless.”
“As I step down and look back on my four years as Chair of Women of the Year, I am very proud that we have continued to shine a light on extraordinary and amazing women and this year is no exception.”
Sponsored by Barclays, Prudential, Good Housekeeping and ITV’s Lorraine, the event, which is in its 62nd year was held at the Intercontinental London Park Lane. Every woman who is invited to the event has achieved something extraordinary in whatever walk of life she comes from. The lunch is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their bravery, determination, compassion and success.
ITV Lorraine viewers voted for their Inspirational Woman of the Year by a telephone vote.
In addition, there were many familiar faces, with guests including Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Arlene Phillips CBE, Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE, Billie Piper, Christine Lampard, Esther Rantzen DBE, Eve Pollard OBE, Julie Etchingham, Karren Brady CBE, Kathy Lette, Lliana Bird, Louise Minchin, Meera Syal, Prue Leith, Ronke Phillips, Sandi Toksvig OBE, Shirley Ballas, Sophie Ward and Sue MacGregor CBE.