Mark Menzies MP announces Fylde Woman of the Year 2016

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Mark Menzies MP saluted the achievements of women from across Fylde after announcing the results of his annual Woman of the Year event.

The contest – which is organised by the Member of Parliament and Lytham businesswoman Katie Fieldhouse, in conjunction with the Lytham St Annes Express – saw an extremely high calibre of women nominated this year, who have all gone that extra mile for their communities.

This year’s winner – Pam Young – is renowned across Fylde for her work with disabled children and adults, which received praise from the judges.

During her working life she was a Senior Sister at Clifton Hospital and remains a driving force behind the League of Friends group. She is an active fundraiser for a number of charitable organisations and volunteers to help many people in her community and through her church.

Following the announcement, Mr Menzies said: “We received dozens of entries this year and the calibre of those nominated was first class.

“I was called away on the day of judging to be in Parliament for an important debate on the forthcoming EU referendum but, having reviewed the nominations, did not envy the judges the task of coming up with a winner.

“However, I believe in Pam they have chosen an extremely worthy recipient, whose work with disabled people has benefited many children and adults across Fylde.

“Having spoken to those who know her well I know that she has worked to help others for many years, not least through her work as a nurse at Clifton Hospital, and puts a great deal of passion into her endeavours.”

Alongside Mrs Young, the nominees were made up of some of the area’s most notable charity campaigners, business leaders and community stalwarts – with three nominees receiving special commendations from the judges alongside the winning entry.

One of the highly commended entrants, Bev Sykes, set up a highly successful community group – Just Good Friends – following the death of her mother, where lonely people can come together and receive companionship from others.

Another of those recognised by the judges, Janet Wardell, has been a magistrate for 32 years, a Sunday school teacher for 17 years and governor at Wrea Green Primary School for 11 years.

Meanwhile, former Age UK worker Linda Salkeld founded the Cameo Luncheon Club 13 years ago to combat social isolation. She works with Lancashire Air Ambulance and has been a mainstay of Fylde Food Bank since its inception.

This year’s event followed the huge success of the 2015 competition and Mr Menzies said he intends to continue celebrating the achievements of Fylde women.

He added: “I’m extremely grateful to all those who nominated someone and helped make this event such a roaring success, which we aim to hold every year. I would also like to thank the judges who gave their time to choose a winner from a number of high-quality entrants.

“It has also been great to be able to work with the Lytham St Annes Express on this project as we have received a large number of entries through the paper and have been able to share the stories of these remarkable ladies within its pages.”phpisyabQAM php2K7zt6AM phpnMY5OrAM

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