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Award night for Andrea

 

The achievements of Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) founder member Andrea Lucy-Hirst were officially recognised last night at the Nottingham Post Heroes Awards 2017.

 

All finalists in the awards, including Andrea, were invited to enjoy a glittering ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham, where they enjoyed a red-carpet reception and a three-course dinner.

 

Andrea was nominated by BWP for the Community Champion Award, sponsored by T&S Heating Ltd. and discovered at the end of September that she had been shortlisted as one of three finalists for the title.

 

She attended the ceremony with her husband Adrian and BWP’s Office and Finance Coordinator Lisa Dann and although she was not awarded the title, judges spoke highly of her at the ceremony stating;

“Caring Andrea set up BWP 16 years ago to provide vital support and safety for hundreds of women and children affected by DV in the north of Nottingham. A former community development worker with Nottingham County Council she is this year stepping down from her role on the group’s Management Committee leaving a legacy of hope and courage for all who have worked with her” Andrea said she was honoured and amazed to be shortlisted.

 

It is more than 10 years since Andrea was a Community Development Worker for Notts County Council, with Eastwood as part of her area.

 

She was based in Eastwood and soon realised that domestic violence was an issue for many of the women she was dealing with.

 

As a result, she and her colleagues started awareness-raising about domestic abuse. Andrea borrowed a display called The Tip of The Iceberg and took it to every library that would have it.

 

Andrea and her colleagues soon decided that a local domestic abuse service was needed and after talks with other organisations, bids for funding by Andrea and registering as a charity, Broxtowe Women’s Project was established in 2001.

 

For the past 11 years Andrea has been a Trustee of BWP, continuing to work on a purely voluntary basis.

 

Commenting on the award nomination, Sarah Dagley, Business and Fundraising Manager for Broxtowe Women’s Project, says: “Entering Andrea for the awards was one of our ways of saying thank you on behalf of the hundreds of women and children helped by BWP over the years.

 

“We are delighted she was selected as a finalist and congratulate her and all the finalists in the awards, their achievements are outstanding.”

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