A Truro-based women’s group has named Caroline Dann and Lucy Jones as its inspirational women of the year.
The Inspiring Women Network (IWN) marked International Women’s Day on Saturday (8) by holding a gala event at to Truro Baptist Church to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Cornish women.
After much deliberation the top prize of Inspirational Woman of the Year was given jointly to Mrs Dann from Marazion and Miss Jones from Tregony.
Mrs Dann was nominated by Sally Anne Bowers for her work with Penzance based group, TravellerSpace.
The charity, which is the only organisation dedicated to supporting gypsies and travellers in the south west, was started by Mrs Dann in 1999.
Mrs Bowers said: “TravellerSpace provides invaluable work addressing the elimination of discrimination, the promotion of integration between different gypsies and travellers they meet and work with and promote equality and diversity.
“Above all, Caroline and [her husband] Matt are selfless caring people who have phenomenal integrity. I wish they could share the award but I nominate Caroline as I believe she is thoroughly deserving of this award.”
Committed environmentalist and humanitarian, Miss Jones shares the 2014 Inspirational Woman of the Year award for starting and dedicating herself to the highly successful Cornish Food Box business.
Tor Amran, who nominated Miss Jones, said: “Her expert knowledge about ecosystems and permacultures coupled with her quiet determination have ensured the business’ success.
“It seems to me, that this quiet determination is the most underplayed part of her inspirational character, but it’s actually one of my main reasons for nominating her.
“Last year Lucy was diagnosed with cancer and told she had a slim chance of surviving two years. She has fought and is now in remission.
“Despite this set back she managed to keep working and grow the business to where it is now, employing 10 people and producing healthy profits that feed back in to Cornwall’s farming community.”
Runner-up awards were also given to volunteer and Cornwall Council neighbourhood manager, Clare Arymar from Truro, and undertaker, Kirsty Price from Falmouth.
Nour Chakroun, IWN founder, said: “The nominations for the award, which recognises and celebrates the amazing achievements of local women in their everyday life, were of such a high calibre we had a very difficult task choosing a winner.
“They were all magnificent nominations and each candidate a very inspirational woman.”
The gala event raised £400, which will be gifted to go to the charity Events for Namuwongo.