The finalists for the 2019 Inspirational Woman Award have been announced today, Wednesday 20 February.

Five women have been shortlisted during the judging process, after they were nominated for the difference they each make in their community by providing support, by volunteering and by being great role models to others.

The 2019 finalists are confirmed as:

Daphne Robinson, an 81 year old who has been volunteering with Age UK since 2006. Daphne is truly committed to her role as a volunteer and a real inspiration to those around her.

Georgina Shaw, who regularly volunteers with the Hope Centre, despite her own ill health. In addition, Georgina looks after and home schools her two children, both with care needs of their own.

Cathy Goldsmith, an unpaid first community responder. Cathy has volunteered more than 500 hours responding to emergency medical 999 calls in support of East Midlands Ambulance Service, saving numerous lives in situations such as cardiac arrests.

Rachel Mallows, who was recently awarded an MBE for her work as the Chair of Trustees for two charities and Patron of another. Rachel is also Deputy Lieutenant and a business woman, whose interests centre around improving others’ lives.

Lorraine Lewis, the co-founder the Lewis Foundation with her husband, a charity they set up in April 2016 after her husband’s mum fought cancer for four years. Whilst working full time Lorraine spends the majority of her free time giving out free gift packs to cancer patients in six hospitals in our region.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “There are so many fantastic women in Northampton who are committed to making our town a better place.

“As always, the judging panel were really humbled by the hard work and achievements of local women, which were highlighted in the nominations we received.

“I want to thank the panel; John Griff, Leonie Heard Natalie Faulkner, Liz Caroll-Wheat and Neelam Aggarwal-Singh MBE for helping me with the extremely difficult task of shortlisting. We now look forward to announcing the winner of the Inspirational Woman Award at the upcoming International Women’s Day event on 9 March.”

BBC Radio Northampton presenter, John Griff, will be presenting the Inspirational Woman Award at the International Women’s Day event at the Guildhall on Saturday 9 March.

The full programme for the day can be viewed at www.northampton.gov.uk/events/event/947/international-womens-day-celebrations