Merseyside Women of the Year 2015

Winners & Runners Up
Angela Samata

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As Chair of the Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide, a nationwide charity offering a unique and distinct service for bereaved adults across the UK, Angela offered support to families and friends whose loved ones have taken their own life. With over 50 free support groups throughout the UK, the Charity offers support to over 7,000 people each year.

Angela led the Liverpool support group for 7 years and currently sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group tackling Suicide Prevention in England and Wales. She has worked with the charity for 11 years in a voluntary capacity.

Angela recently presented a BBC1 documentary, ‘Life After Suicide’, which encouraged discussion on mental health and helped tackle the stigma of suicide. It was watched by over 1.3 million viewers. She has given numerous interviews to the Liverpool Echo and spoken on local and national radio about the impact her late partner’s suicide had on her and her family. She actively supports and enables people, especially men, to speak up about their feelings and not suffer alone.

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Rebecca McCann

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Rebecca has achieved incredible success in such a short period of time. To the UK Pro Blo Group is a brand with a large ‘group’ behind it, however the truth is Pro Blo Group is solely down to a young woman Rebecca McCann.

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Candice Fonseca

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Having held a passion for ‘good food’ since a young girl, Candice decided to leave career in the film production industry behind, and set up her own business Delifonseca in 2006. Following Stanley St’s success she opened up a second outlet – Delifonseca Dockside winning numerous high-profile awards.

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Emily Oldnall

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Emily is a young volunteer at a charity called Neurosupport. She provides help and support to people with Neurological conditions even though she herself has a neurological condition called Fragile X, which limits her ability to work plus caring for her mum who has Multiple Sclerosis.

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Linda Cheveau

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Linda has been volunteering for the Stroke Association for 5 years, working one to one with stroke survivors who experience communication problems/aphasia after stroke.

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Marion Hesketh

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Marion has worked at St Vincent's School for over 30 years and is the heart of the school. She is the Office Manager, and supports staff and pupils in all they do, she ensures important dates are not forgotten, and maintains the highest standards for the school.

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Danielle Freedman

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Danielle has been working as a Trustee for South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service (SLDAS) for the last 2 years. She has also undertaken a voluntary PR & Marketing role in raising awareness to the Merseyside Community on these issues and has recently become a volunteer for a National Jewish Charity.

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Cate Byrne

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Cate has been involved in Food Banks for over four years after seeing a post on Facebook about them. 
Cate started raising the profile of Trusell Trust by setting up a box in her children’s school, and this year alone has raised over £4,000 in cash from events.

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Nanette Mellor

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Nanette has dedicated her career to working for disabled people for over twenty years. She began work as a care assistant and, despite coming from an underprivileged background, worked her way up the career ladder eventually becoming a campaigns manager within a national disability charity in London where she fought campaigns focused on disability discrimination, cuts to local services and lobbying government.

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Jennie Higgins

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Jennie founded her own business ‘Jennie New You’, after she lost 11 stone herself. It’s aimed at helping women and men across Merseyside and beyond lose weight. Jennie’s success speaks for itself, with a national following of over 5,000 and in excess of 500 stone shed!

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Gemma Bertie

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Gemma was diagnosed with acute lung cancer at the age of 21 and has since been fundraising for Macmillan and teenage cancer trust raising awareness via Facebook and Twitter, printing leaflets and posters, organising bake sales and a summer ball which raised just over £500.

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Miah is an apprentice chef at the Baltic Social. She has changed from a shy and nervous young adult into a confident, talented chef who is capable of running a busy lunchtime service.

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Jan Walton

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Jan Walton has become a legend on Merseyside and further afield. Not just because she gave birth to and raised the worlds only surviving all-female sextuplets, it is also because she has played a huge part in helping to raise over £2.5million for the Neonatal Unit at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

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Morgan Dowler

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Morgan’s mum was diagnosed with breast cancer roughly 2 years ago. When supporting her mum through the traumatic experience she noticed a gap in the market, for pretty lingerie catering to the needs of women after breast cancer surgery. This company she has named ‘Love me…(and my secret)’

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Nicola Forshaw

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Nicola has set up her business MINDFIT to inspire others to be healthier, happier and the very best that they can be as 1 in 4 of us suffer with mental health problems.

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Zi Lan Liao

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Zi Lan Liao is Director of Pagoda Arts based at the Pagoda Chinese Community & Youth Centre. In 2011 with council cuts Zi Lan had to try and keep the centre open on a voluntary basis in order to continue the Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra which is the first and largest Chinese youth orchestra in Europe, established by Mr Li (Zi Lan’s father) in 1983.

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Shirley Ann O'Neill

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Shirley-Ann is the founder and Fair Director of Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair, Chester Arts Fair and Black Mango Ltd. In July 2014 she launched Liverpool’s first international Arts Fair, with over 50 leading local, national and international galleries exhibiting 1,000 pieces of art.

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Angela Samata

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As Chair of the Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide, a nationwide charity offering a unique and distinct service for bereaved adults across the UK, Angela offered support to families and friends whose loved ones have taken their own life. With over 50 free support groups throughout the UK, the Charity offers support to over 7,000 people each year.

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Sue Turnham

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Sue has been blind from a young age but her disability has never held her back. She gives much of her spare time supporting the visually impaired and fundraising for guide dogs.Speaking to those who may be interested in being guide dog owners and carrying out her duties as a Trustee of Bradbury Fields or supporting the visually impaired in distress or in need of advice.

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Reanne Racktoo

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Reanne has spent nearly all her life in Liverpool, born in Germany in 1995. She was a test tube baby and born with mild cerebral palsy, unable to walk, wearing callipers for years and is registered blind.

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Bernie Bucket

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Bernie has tirelessly raised money for Cancer Research UK and more recently Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, she was so rarely seen without a collecting bucket, that she soon became known as ‘Bernie Bucket’.

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Julie Shute

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In September 2014 Julie underwent Novalis Tx, ‘Stereotactic radio surgery’ at Clatterbridge Centre, Walton to destroy her second Brain Tumour. Clatterbridge Cancer Charity (CCC) recorded the journey and procedure so it can be shared with patients before their treatment to help allay any fears.

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Sue Bennett

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Sue retired 9 years ago from Liverpool City Council and since retirement she has been a volunteer at Merseyside Asbestos Victim Support Group (MAVSG) taking on the role of treasurer and looking after the finances of the group.

In addition, Sue assists in conference organising, fundraising and most importantly family liaison with people who are suffering with an asbestos related disease and their relatives.

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Eunice Huthart

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This lady is a true Ambassador internationally for Merseyside and has never left her Liverpool Roots. She is the world’s only Woman Stunt coordinator!

Since escalating into the limelight in 1994 when she won Gladiators, Eunice was head hunted by the biggest names in the movie film industry, and was asked to be the stuntwoman for all the Bond Movies, and actually converted Peirce Brosnan into being a big LFC Fan.

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Moira Cain

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Moira is the sort of woman that embodies all the clichés about being a good nurse without losing her sense of fun, her perspective and realistic view of life and yet she never stops caring for others.

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Lin Linford

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Lin currently works as an Assistant Practitioner at Liverpool Community Health. She is a frontline clinician delivering high quality nursing care to the population of Liverpool.

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