On Tuesday 20 September, the search for ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year will launch. TV presenter Lorraine Kelly will be joined by this year’s very special guest judge Judy Murray to launch the 2016 award. This is the sixth year Women of the Year has worked with ITV’s Lorraine to find an inspirational woman from across the UK.
Viewers will be able to nominate an inspirational woman in their lives, before choosing a winner from the three finalists that will be selected by Lorraine Kelly, Judy Murray and Woman of the Year President Sandi Toksvig OBE. The three ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year finalists will attend the special Women of the Year Lunch and Awards on Monday 17 October, joining over 400 incredible women from all walks of life, each selected for their personal contribution to society. The winner of ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year will be announced during the Lunch and will appear on the programme the following day.
Speaking about the 2016 award, Lorraine Kelly said, “Every year we hear incredible stories in our search to find the Inspirational Woman of the Year. It’s an honour to meet these women who are genuine role models, who go out of their way for others and really make a difference in people’s lives. It’s always an emotional day but I’m looking forward to meeting them all.”
For more information on how to nominate an inspirational woman for the award, watch ITV on Tuesday from 8.30am or visit itv.com/Lorraine. You have to be over 18 to nominate and to be nominated. The closing date for entries is midday on Monday 26 September.
Previous ITV Lorraine Women of the Year winners
Jackie Millerchip, a child minder from Hinckley in Leicestershire, was awarded the first ever ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award at the 2011 Women of the Year Lunch. Jackie was nominated by a friend who felt that she didn’t get enoughrecognition for her work caring for able-bodied children alongside those with severe disabilities. Jackie was selected as the overall winner by viewers ofITV’s Lorraine.
In 2013, charity campaigner Marilyn Baldwin won the third ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award. Marilyn founded the Think Jessica anti-scamming campaign. The charity helps old and vulnerable people in the UK who are the potential victims of postal and telephone scams. Named after her mother Jessica, who was a victim of scammers, the initiative is supported by the local community and local police.
In 2014, Joanne Thompson who set up Millie’s Trust with her husband Dan in memory of their daughter Millie, won the fourth ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award. Millie passed away when she was nine months old in October 2012 whilst at nursery. Joanne is a now a qualified first aid trainer and dedicates her time delivering paediatric first aid training with Millie Trust and raising money in order for the training to continue. She also campaigns for the law to change that requires all nursery workers to have training in paediatric first aid, as the law currently stated only one firstaider is needed on site.
In 2015, Pat Rogers won the fifth ITV’s Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award. After her son, Adam, was killed when acting as a peacemaker during a fight in Blackburn town centre, Pat founded the charity ‘Every Action Has Consequences’. The charity produces educational resources and delivers talks in schools on the issues of binge drinking and potential consequent violence.
Lorraine is broadcast Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 9.25am on ITV. One of ITV’s most popular daytime shows, Lorraine features an engaging mix of entertainment guests, human interest features, and the stories of the day.