Time to honour Cumbria's most inspirational women

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Cumbria Women Of The Year Cumbria Life award winner Sally Beamish, of Coniston, with (centre) patron CWY Juliet Westoll MBE , and (left) winner of Cumbria Woman of the Year 2016 Cheryl Berry of Kendal
Cumbria Women Of The Year Cumbria Life award winner Sally Beamish, of Coniston, with (centre) patron CWY Juliet Westoll MBE , and (left) winner of Cumbria Woman of the Year 2016 Cheryl Berry of Kendal

It's time to toast our most wonderful women.

The search is on to find Cumbria's Women of the Year 2017 - an ordinary woman who does extraordinary things.

Nominations are being sought for the accolade, which features some of the most celebrated female figures in the county.

Successes will be celebrated at a ceremony at the Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel, overlooking Windermere, in November.

These long-established awards recognise and celebrate Cumbria’s inspirational women

The awards recognise tireless commitment to causes and outstanding achievements in all sphere of life.

Former winners include BBC Radio Cumbria broadcaster Val Armstrong and Annie Mawson, founder of the nationally-renowned Sunbeams music group, based near Penrith.

A spokeswoman for the organising committee said: "These long-established awards recognise and celebrate Cumbria’s inspirational women, often unsung heroines, who enrich the lives of others with their kindness, generosity of spirit and dedication.

"The next time you hear yourself saying 'I don’t know how she does it' or 'where would we be without her?' stop a second and consider whether that special person should be nominated for Cumbria Women of the Year."

Nominees traditionally come from all walks of life.

Last year's winner was Cheryl Berry, who was a vanguard of the team that responded to the devastation of Storm Desmond, making and delivering hot meals from her own Romney’s Bar in Kendal, galvanising support and co-ordinating the volunteer effort.

Landscape historian Sally Beamish’s work in restoring the Gardens at Brantwood was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Organisers are keen to hear which Cumbrian woman inspires you.

To make a nomination, go to www.cumbriawomenoftheyear.co.uk or contact awards chairman Judith Pattinson at Gelt Garth, Paving Brow, Brampton, CA8 1QT, 016977 2043.

The closing date for nominations is September 16.

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