Star-studded celebration for Women in Spinal Cord Injury

Linda Hartley and Josie Pearson MBE

Linda Hartley and Josie Pearson MBE

A host of celebrities, from stage, screen and sports, headed to Birmingham on 6 June to show their support for the Women in Spinal Cord Injury Awards.

The Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, hosted the very first Women in Spinal Cord Injury awards ceremony, a brand new event launched this year by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA).

The Women in Spinal Cord Injury awards is the first event of this kind for the spinal cord injured community and recognises the outstanding women who contribute to the treatment and care of spinal cord injured people across the UK, as well as celebrating the achievements of spinal cord injured people and law professionals.

The ceremony was hosted by Gary Lineker, who along with his wife Danielle, has been a long term supporter of SIA. Danielle has said of her involvement “It is because of the help that my family received from SIA, that I am committed to supporting Women in Spinal Cord Injury, and joined the committee for the event”

Three shortlisted nominees, for each award category, were joined the celebrities and event sponsors at a champagne reception and three course meal. All 16 awards winners were announced throughout the evening by SIA’s celebrity guests, such as Joe McGann, Josie Pearson and Anna Turney, throughout the evening.

Joe McGann said of the evening “It was truly a pleasure to attend such an inspirational evening”.

The Winners

Women in Spinal Cord Injury Awards
Celebrating exceptional women involved in the treatment and care of SCI people, across the UK

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution women make to the lives of spinal cord injured people.

The Winners
We are delighted to announce the list of winners for the 2013 Women in Spinal Cord Injury awards!

Excellence in Legal Care
Catherine Leech

Outstanding Woman – Armed Forces
Joint winners Kirsty Luard and Clare Williams

Outstanding Woman – Belfast SCIC
Kim Gregg

Outstanding Woman – Glasgow SCIC
Leslie Wallace

Host Gary Lineker

Host Gary Lineker

Outstanding Woman – Middlesbrough SCIC
Glynis Peat

SIA Community Star
Claire Lomas

Outstanding Woman – Non – specialist Centre
Felicity Ashworth

Outstanding Woman – Oswestry SCIC
Rebecca Dytor

Outstanding Woman – Pinderfields SCIC
Mary Hutchinson

Outstanding Woman – Rookwood SCIC
Kathryn Jones

Outstanding Woman – Salisbury SCIC
Wendy Slater

Outstanding Woman – Sheffield SCIC
Penny Sellars

Outstanding Woman – Southport SCIC
Joan Bridge

Outstanding Woman – Stanmore SCIC
Dr Angela Gall

Outstanding Woman – Stoke Mandeville SCIC
Karen O’Donell

Inspirational Carer
Danielle Lineker

The Stephen Bradshaw award for Women in Spinal Cord Injury
Karen O’Donnell

About The Spinal Injuries Association

The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national user-led charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people. To find out more about the charity’s work, head to

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