Women of the Year Lunch and Awards

I feel incredibly honoured and humbled to have been nominated and selected as a 2019 'Woman of the Year'. I had the amazing privilege of attending the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards Ceremony on Monday, 14th of October, at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

"Each year a nominating council elects just 450 women to attend the annual Women of the Year Lunch handpicked for their achievements and contribution to society. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’, representing herself, her work and the millions of extraordinary women who make a difference every day. In a world which often celebrates ‘celebrity’, Women of the Year sets itself apart by honouring real achievement and diversity."

Highlights of the day included sitting next to three of the WWII at Bletchley Park codebreakers, meeting famous violinist Tasmin Little, and having a conversation with Mel Giedroyc (who wanted to learn the sign for 'cake'!). I was also delighted to meet DeafBlind medical student Alexandra Adams who is founder of 'Faces of the NHS', and Antonia Cheney who campaigns for greater awareness of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Many thanks to Vanessa Williams for nominating me for this inspiring event, and to Thaisa Huges for interpreting on the day.

© 2019 Eloise Garland

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