Last Thursday was International Women’s Day (IWD) which we were very pleased to support.
For the first time, in 2018, Hereford’s residents and visitors had the chance to take part in 24 events organised by individuals, charities, businesses and community groups. There was something during the day for all age groups.
Women were sharing information about their lives and other women’s lives. Several read their own and others words at an open mic and tried new skills in the circus and dance studios. Artists appeared in several places across the city.
During the day we held a free drop-in legal clinic in Coffee #1 in Hereford with a female lawyer in situ. As a practice, we are very fortunate to have an abundance of talented female lawyers in both our Hereford and Worcester offices.
The evening awards ceremony was held at the Left Bank celebrating the inspirational Women of Herefordshire. It was a wonderful evening with delicious food. The Soul Choir gave the evening life and vibrancy and Pure Burlesque showed us all what body-confidence is all about.
The nominations to find the exceptional women of Herefordshire came from all walks of the community and the awards were judged by an independent panel. We were very proud to present the award for the Nurses and Carers category to Tina Macklin of St Michael’s Hospice.
As an aside, last night on BBC Inside Out was an item to inspire us all. Three intrepid women from Shrewsbury and Abergavenny rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canaries to Antigua in the world’s toughest race – The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Their feat is amazing and the programme shows the challenges they faced from storms, hunger, sleep deprivation and capsizing.
Along the way, they broke several records. Di Carrington (who turned 62 during the race), Sharon Magrath (54) Elaine Theaker (54) are now not only the oldest crew to cross the Atlantic but the only all-female crew. They broke a third record by completing the row in 60 days.
”I want to show other women of my age that we are able to do things beyond our apparent limit. I have recovered from anxiety and depression and this journey will reinforce my new life skills and give me strength to be a more useful person in society.”