Hats off to all the women making a real difference

Millener Anya Morris
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More than 100 women attended an event to mark International Women’s Day, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The event, themed Be Bold For Change, took place at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green and was hosted by Blackpool-based Pink Link Ladies Networking.

Janet Mulligan and Natalie Westgate of Ribby Hall

Janet Mulligan and Natalie Westgate of Ribby Hall

Guest speaker Rachel Ray told fellow business-women how she became the successful founder of Bright and Beautiful in 2007, a housekeeping and cleaning service – and now has franchisees across the UK. Speaker Joanne Thompson talked about how she campaigned for the Government to change the law on first-aid training in children’s nurseries, after the devastating loss of her daughter who tragically chocked while eating mash at her nursery.

Recent statistics show women make up 51 per cent of population, but only 17 per cent of business owners are female.

Coral Horn managing director of Pink Link said: “There is still a long way to go to ensure each individual has a voice, but by holding successful events like this, our ladies can champion, inspire and connect with other like-minded women in business.”

The event also raised £375 for breast cancer care.

Joanna Taplin of Sunshine For The Soul

Joanna Taplin of Sunshine For The Soul

Read about last year’s Women’s Day event here

Nicola Medcalf and Helen Alty of Fizz & Flute

Nicola Medcalf and Helen Alty of Fizz & Flute

Antonia Hawkins from Trinity Hospice

Antonia Hawkins from Trinity Hospice

Janet Yates and Julie Smith, of Central Property Management, with Shelley Fern, of Total Taps Ltd

Janet Yates and Julie Smith, of Central Property Management, with Shelley Fern, of Total Taps Ltd

Abbey Johnson, Sue Berry and Kim Taylor of Masquerade Hair and Beauty

Abbey Johnson, Sue Berry and Kim Taylor of Masquerade Hair and Beauty

Abgel Mystic Amanda Tooke with Helen Close of Opalite

Abgel Mystic Amanda Tooke with Helen Close of Opalite

Tracy Hyde of Aura Jewellery, Alison White of Colour Me Beautiful, Sunny Wang of Mayfaire Spa, Jackie Bywater of NatWest

Tracy Hyde of Aura Jewellery, Alison White of Colour Me Beautiful, Sunny Wang of Mayfaire Spa, Jackie Bywater of NatWest

Carly McAdams and Rachel Riches of Village Hotel

Carly McAdams and Rachel Riches of Village Hotel