The courage and determination of the Hillsborough Families has been recognised at the Women of the Year Awards by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, who presented a special award to campaigner Margaret Aspinall.
Margaret, whose 18-year-old son James was one of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster in 1989, accepted the award on behalf of all the families. Theresa May said it was “an honour” to give the award: “Having lost their loved ones in the most appalling circumstances, they then spent 27 years searching for the truth with extraordinary dignity. ”This April, when the fresh inquests delivered their conclusions, they made clear to the whole nation what the Hillsborough families have known to be true from the beginning – that the fans were blameless. ”Thanks to their resolve we now know the truth about what happened that day. This award is for all those who lost their lives at Hillsborough and their families who have shown immense courage and determination.”
Also honoured at the Women of the Year Awards were: Liz Clegg, who campaigns for women and children living in the Calais Jungle, Seema Aziz, who has worked to provide education for every child in Pakistan, Marjorie Wallace, for her mental health campaigning, Dame Fanny Waterman, who set up the Leeds International Piano Competition and Lizzie Jones, who has campaigned for heart screening for rugby players after the death of her own husband.