Merseyside Women of the Year

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Carolyn Garlick

Carolyn has worked for The Brain Charity in Liverpool for several years her financial skills along with her commitment to fundraising ensures that the charity is able to continue offering the services it does. She has a great sense of understanding about the barriers that people with disabilities or long term medical conditions often face, and ensures that the charity is a welcoming place where those barriers don’t exist.

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Cheryl White

Cheryl White is a mum of 2 young boys and director of 2 businesses on Merseyside. Her mission through Apollo Care is to “provide individualised care to vulnerable people living in their own homes”. As well as improving the lives of many vulnerable people she has also created 6 new business owners through franchising and created 100s of jobs for care staff within the Merseyside area.

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Debs Crawley

Debbie took the brave move to channel adversity into setting up the Liverpool branch of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS) after her son Michael was born with a heart condition – Hypoplastic Left Heart. Tragically he died following unsuccessful open heart surgery, cradled in Debbie’s arms. This November would have seen him becoming a teenager with him celebrating his 13th birthday.

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Dorothy Beattie

Dorothy, and a group of close friends to set up The Melanie Beattie Appeal in memory of Dorothy’s daughter who was diagnosed in 2003 with an inoperable brain tumour and treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. The fantastic care she received at the hospital inspired Dorothy.

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Elizabeth Evans

Yummy Mummy’s and Little Bunnies (YMLBs) was set up by Elizabeth Evans in 2011 and is a ladies only community group. After suffering post-natal depression her GP advised exercise but Liz was unable to find anything in her area that she could attend, which offered crèche facilities, so YMLBs was born.

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Ema Wilkes

Ema has endeavoured to raise awareness of food poverty and community hardship. She is a selfless community champion who strives to help the hardest to reach and vulnerable families.

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Gee Walker

Anthony Walker Foundation was established after Gee lost her son in the most horrific of circumstances. Gee was determined that the memory and legacy of Anthony lived on, that all he loved and aspired to was not simply forgotten. ‘Don’t let my son’s death be in vain’ were Gee Walker’s words after the tragedy and these sentiments are as important to Gee today as they were in 2005. 

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Jackie Palmer

For three years Jackie has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the amputee community via AIM (Amputation, Inspiration, Motivation), the social enterprise she created alongside Stephen Cruise and Andy Reid (both amputees).

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Josephine Zuzan

Josephine is motivated into helping others and has raised £1000 for Teenage Cancer Trust Charity, by way of cake sale, following the death of a friend aged 18 years. Josephine further raised £400 for St Johns Ambulance where she regularly volunteers and has recently been awarded a St Johns Ambulance District Commendation Award for the First Aid she delivered to several pupils who were hit by a car outside their Academy.

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Joyce Dunne

Joyce helps run the TIDE (Together in Dementia Everyday) group, to see that carers get the support they need to ensure their health is not compromised. She has appeared on television and made a series of short films to encourage carers, so that they and the person with dementia can live well.

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Julie Simpson

Julie’s aim is to make Liverpool the most autism friendly city in the world and in 2015 set up a company called Autism Adventures CIC and has already secured many contracts with Everton Football Club, Mersey Travel and Liverpool One but to name a few.

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Kath Tyler

Kath works as a radiographer for the WaltonCentre and is a remarkable woman. She strives to achieve the very best for patients and is someone who just doesn’t see a problem but finds a solution. Her dedication to her work is an inspiration to everybody who works at the Trust.

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Kathryn Rudge

Liverpool born Kathryn is one of the UK’s leading young opera singers and in 2012 she founded Mersey Wave Music a community based group in South Liverpool which initially formed a mixed adult choir/young singers group.

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Katy Elliott

Katy began a small scale catering company in 1998, finding the quality of her own children’s nursery food far from the standard she hoped for she started supplying children’s day nurseries in 2000, believing that children should be well nourished with good food.

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Lisa Simpson

Lisa is a very intelligent, thoughtful and caring lady, who does not allow her quadriplegia cerebral palsy and no verbal communication to hold her back. She is an inspirational choreographer and worked with others to develop her own Simpson Board, which allows other nonverbal communicators to choreograph too.

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Liverpool Girl Geeks

Rebecca and Chelsea formed Liverpool Girl Geeks in 2013 inspiring women to learn more about technology, gaming, digital design and programming. The tech sector is traditionally a very male environment, Liverpool Girl Geeks are challenging this stereotype by providing a platform for women who consider careers in this sector.

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Maria Checkland

Maria has many strings to her bow and often works with people on the fringe of society and the harder to reach. She works to ensure everyone is treated with the dignity they deserve and fights the cause of those with the quietest voice and helps them overcome barriers.

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Michelle Langan

Michelle is working hard to break down barriers with the homeless. She is also part of a volunteer group who goes out every Thursday evening with hot meals, drinks, clean clothes and sleeping bags for the homeless.

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Nicola Hawkes

Nicola Hawkes is the Co-Ordinator, friendly face and anchor of the South Liverpool Foodbank. She took on the role 5 years ago, because she “felt called to offer herself.” She recalls it being “a very strong feeling!” Liverpool has reaped the rewards!

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Roz Tranfield

When Roz was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2014, she faced this battle with the same energy and positivity that she puts into every part of her life.
From dyeing her hair pink to face the start of chemotherapy head on, to holding a very special Fashion Show – where every model was a breast cancer patient – Roz has raised almost £35,000 for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity in just over a year, and this figure is still rising!

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Una McBride

Una gave up a successful job to care for her 96 year old mother until she passed away donating money from her mother’s funeral to help set up a charity buying heaters to save the elderly from dying of cold during the winter.

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Vicky Welch

Vicky was working as receptionist but changed her career after her son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which affects all muscle function and sufferers are usually wheelchair bound by aged 11, she then studied to become a nurse. She works across many practices in the city in the unique Practice Nurse Development Team and is a caring professional who demands the best for her patients and their families.

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