For this years’ International Women’s Day, which took place on 8th March, Wiltshire College & University Centre wanted to help honour the achievements of Wiltshire women, big or small.
The College took to social media to ask the public to nominate an inspirational woman in their life, for a chance to win them an Allington Farm Shop hamper worth £50.
Many heartening nominations were received, each as worthy as the other. Not only was this a chance for some amazing women to win a deserved gift, but a chance for family members and friends to express their appreciation and admiration for the women they chose to nominate.
The winning nominees were:
Debs Marrison-Wood, works full-time as well as running her own amazing headwear business which helps so many women feel great. She also creates soft turbans for cancer patients. On top of this, she supports many charities with her fantastic sewing skills.
Her nominator said: “I’ve never known Debs to say no to anything; she
gives so much to the community and never draws attention to it. She is
always there building other ladies up, and I am always inspired by her
courage and kindness. I know she would never throw herself into the
limelight but I’m sure so many other women who know her would want to
shout her praises. She certainly deserves to be recognised for being the
wonder women she is.”
Debs was delighted to win a hamper, saying: “Wow, thank you so much for nominating me and thank you Wiltshire College & University Centre, what a lovely gift to win, it has made my day.”
Karen Tilley, cares endlessly for her highly dependent daughter and two sons, and is still helping her husband with his recovery after a long and serious bout of Coronavirus, just after Christmas.
Her nominator said: “This lady fights all the time for her family - she really deserves a break and a pamper.”
Stephanie Carter, has been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic caring for the elderly, as well as homeschooling her three children and managing their needs including countless hospital appointments.
Her nominator said: “She never stops, never complains, and never gives up. I can’t think of anyone more inspirational or deserving of a treat - she is superwoman.”
And finally, four-year-old Chloe, who has been fundraising for a charity to support gene therapy treatment for the rare genetic condition CdLS. She is jumping to the moon and has so far completed 8,000 jumps and counting. Chloe is also running raffles to increase her total.
Her nominator said: “She is incredible and even though she is only four, she really wants to do this to help others.”
The College hopes each of the winners enjoys their hampers, and that all the worthy nominees recognise their positive impact and keep inspiring others