International social entrepreneur, Helen Taylor-Thompson, OBE, to attend the Women of the Year Lunch.
Helen Taylor-Thompson, OBE, has been handpicked in recognition of her personal contribution to society to join 400 women from all walks of life at the Women of the Year Lunch. This year’s event will take place on Monday 14 October 2013 at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel.
The Women of the Year Lunch and Awards ceremony honours women’s incredible personal achievements. It brings together more than 400 extraordinary women from all walks of life, all of whom have achieved something of significance. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’ and represents not only herself, but the millions of extraordinary women who make a difference every day.
Starting her career sending out messages to special agents with the Special Operations Executive during World War II, Helen is attending in celebration of her lifelong commitment to charity work and social entrepreneurialism. She founded Thare Machi Education, the charity working globally on health education and HIV prevention by using interactive DVDs, with 32 lessons in over 50 local languages; co-founder, Chair for 15 years and now Lifelong President of CAN, the charity based social enterprise supporting other charities and social enterprises to maximise their impact and perhaps most notably, re-opening and founding the Mildmay Mission Hospital in London in 1988, the first hospital in Europe to care solely for people living with AIDS.
Helen comments, “I am indeed honoured to have been invited to the Women of the Year Lunch. From my time working in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), I’ve had quite a varied life I suppose. I hope that this recognition will help to enhance the work of Thare Machi Education and making a real difference to the lives of women who are trapped by their circumstances in a life of poverty.”
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of Women of the Year, said: “The remarkable thing about this lunch is that it’s not just about celebrity or success. It’s about seeing the exceptional in unusual places, recognizing women not only for their drive, ambition and tenacity, but for seeing a need and finding a way to make a difference. For taking the hard knocks, surviving them, and sticking at it.
“These women are role models. Their courage is breathtaking and they reaffirm our faith in the human condition by showing us that, wherever you are, people do good things for each other.”
At the Lunch, special awards will be presented to exceptional women who have each proved an inspiration to others through their courage, selflessness and dedication. The winners are selected by a judging panel made up of prominent female figures in media, business and the charity sector.
Previous Women of the Year winners include:
• 2012 Team GB Olympic & Paralympic women medallists
• Doreen Lawrence, campaigner for justice following the murder of her son Stephen in 1993
• P. D. James, best-selling crime writer and Life Peer
• Zainab Salbi, Iraqi-American women’s rights activist and co-founder of Women for Women International
• Katie Piper, who set up a charity to help burns survivors after being victim of a brutal acid attack
• Lulu, the singer, businesswoman and charity campaigner
The 2013 Award sponsors are Barclays, Good Housekeeping, Sacla’ and ITV’s Lorraine.