The latest batch of nominations in our 50 Over 50 Amazing Women Awards in partnership with JD Williams have been announced.
Below you’ll find the shortlist for the Community Heroes category. Excitingly, all five women were all nominated by Woman & Home readers – and we want YOU to pick the winner.
The only problem we predict is trying to decide which of these incredible women deserves to win the award…
From the 80 year old championing lifelong learning to the former nurse getting the elderly moving to the bereaved mother who has turned her grief into something good, we’re sure you’ll be impressed by all of the candidates.
But only one can win, so read all about the five nominees below and then cast your vote in the poll above! Voting closes on Sunday 22 July and the winner will be revealed in our November issue.
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The dynamo saving her seaside town
In 2009, Fiona was running her own business in Broadstairs when she started to notice the demise of her local high street.
She set up the Save Broadstairs High Street campaign, and worked to get people shopping locally so small retailers could stay in business.
Nicolette Jones, who nominated her, says: “Fiona even took the town into the Guinness Book of World Records by organising a crowd dancing to ABBA’s Dancing Queen on the beach. This involved sending teams to local schools to teach the moves in the run-up to the record attempt.”
Fiona says: “I’ve tried to create events that would be attractive to the town, like screening films on the beach. We have a beautiful place, but there’s a lot of deprivation too.
"I joined the Chamber of Commerce and got involved in local politics, so I could make a difference. I won’t become invisible. I have a voice so I got brave about what I was able to do.”