A CHARITY fundraiser, a young opera singer and a children’s caterer were among the winners honoured at the Merseyside Women of the Year Awards 2016. They were amongst a host of city women singled out for their achievements in the fields of charity, voluntary work, business, health and arts & culture. Over 450 people turned out to see the 23 worthy finalists at the glamorous ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, organised and facilitated by Jean Gadsby, Elaine Owen and Ellie Kerr. Champagne was flowing as guests recognised the extraordinary success of the local women who have inspired the region. The winners were as follows: Merseyside Woman of the Year 2016 Winner – Roz Tranfield When Roz was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2014, she faced this battle with the same energy and positivity that she puts into every part of her life. From dyeing her hair pink to facing the start of chemotherapy head on, to holding a very special Fashion Show – where every model was a breast cancer patient – Roz has raised almost £35,000 for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity in just over a year, and this figure is still rising. She’s also created a vital support network for breast cancer patients across the region, providing friendship and support to other women being treated at Clatterbridge. Entrepreneur of the Year Winner – Katy Elliot Runner Up – Cheryl White Health Care Hero of the year Winner – Elizabeth Evans Runner Up – Jackie Palmer Unknown Gem Winner – Maria Checkland Runner Up – Joyce Dunne Inspirational Woman Winner – Gee Walker Runner Up – Debs Crawley Social Impact Winner – Michelle Langan Runner Up – Nicola Hawkes Rising Star Winner- Julie Simpson Runner Up – Liverpool Girl Geeks Community Impact Winner – Ema Wilkes Runner Up – Carolyn Garlick Arts and Culture Joint Winner – Lisa Simpson Joint Winner- Kathryn Rudge Women of Courage Winner –Una McBride Runner Up – Josephine Zuzan Women Making a Difference Winner – Roz Tranfield Runner Up- Dorothy Beattie Health Care Professional of the year Winner –Katy Tyler Runner Up – Vicky Welsh Best Supporting Male Andy Shute Elaine Owen one of the organisers of Merseyside Women of the Year said: “What a fabulous day celebrating wonderful women and their amazing achievements. I am truly honoured to be in the presence of the most inspiring women of our time. It’s uplifting and encouraging to be part of it all, huge thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a success”. The event once again teamed up with Radio City Cash for Kids, who provide a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children in Liverpool and the surrounding areas and The Merseyside Women of the Year Legacy Awards to provide financial assistance for support and networking opportunities for Merseyside Women of the Year finalists. The overall “Merseyside Woman of the Year”, is voted for by members of the general public and is completely independent. Headline sponsors were Michael W Halsall Solicitors and category sponsors included Liverpool ONE, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, and The City of Liverpool College. Investment Director at Quilter Cheviot, Alison Moore said: “For the third year in a row, Quilter Cheviot was extremely proud to be involved in such a fantastic event highlighting the excellence of Liverpool’s most wonderful women. Every single finalist was a worthy winner in our eyes. The work they have done both professionally and personally make them an inspiration to the rest of the city”. “Jean, Ellie and Elaine do an amazing job bringing together and recognising these remarkable ladies and supporting business women across the region”. It is the mission of the Merseyside Women of the Year organisers to celebrate women’s achievements, to reward the best of the best and leave an enduring legacy for the next generation of Women to be inspired.