MP launches search for Woman of the Year

Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Fylde MP Mark Menzies

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Mark Menzies MP has launched his second annual campaign to find Fylde’s Woman of the Year.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Mr Menzies has again teamed up with the Lytham St Annes Express and Lytham businesswoman Katie Fieldhouse to conduct an exhaustive search for that one woman from Fylde who goes above and beyond in terms of dedication.

From successful businesspeople who make the perfect boss to selfless volunteers working with vulnerable members of society, the judges want to hear about their efforts.

Mr Menzies said: “The contributions made by women in our community cannot be overestimated and I come across people on a daily basis who are doing wonderful things in Fylde and beyond.

“Sadly, many of these women still go unrecognised, which prompted me to launch Fylde Woman of the Year, in conjunction with the Lytham St Annes Express.

“We all know women who fit the bill and truly deserve this title and I want to see nominations for those who have made an outstanding contribution to business, the voluntary sector, the local community, on the national stage or, indeed, in all these areas.”

Last year’s worthy winner, Christine Miller from Lytham, has worked tirelessly in the local community for many years, not only through her work as manager of the Fylde Local Strategic Partnership and her position as a magistrate at Preston, but also through her work with many local organisations and charities.

Christine said: “I was very honoured to be the inaugural winner of the award, which I was delighted to accept on behalf of a lot of very dedicated volunteers.

“The Woman of the Year campaign highlighted the enormous amount of volunteer work that goes on in Fylde and how important it is.”

While Christine was judged the winner, three were highly commended: Kath Asquith, one of the founders of Home Start Fylde and a churchwarden at St Thomas, St Annes; Margaret Fisher, Mothers’ Union leader at St Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham and Maureen Newsham, an inspirational grandmother of 11 who has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

The winner will be picked by a panel of judges including Mr Menzies, Lytham St Annes Express reporter Tony Durkin, former Lytham St Annes Business and Professional Women president Katie Fieldhouse, Martin Evans, landlord of the Hand and Dagger in Salwick and Pear Tree Specialist School headteacher Lesley Sullivan.

The award will given during a special luncheon at the Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham, on March 13.

Nominations should be sent to Mr Menzies, with envelopes addressed to Fylde Woman of the Year, the Office of Mark Menzies MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or via email to mark.menzies.mp@parliament.uk. Call (01253) 739848.

Closing date for nominations is Friday, February 26.