2016 Rossendale Woman of the Year awards
PUBLISHED: 00:00 24 June 2016
A COMMUNITY hero who wants us all to Love Haslingden was named Rossendale Woman of the Year 2016 in a ceremony at the Red Hall Hotel in Bury.
Rossendale Woman of the Year
Special events committee: Belinda Evans, Louise Smith, Terri Miller, Sam Morris, Adele Hall, Danielle Sidley and Vicki Callan
Selina Hope, Abida Tasneem, Micheline Collins, Leesa Amin and Nicola Walmsley
Mary Flannery, Joanne Watchorn, Carole Watchorn and Margaret Leake
Anne Hewitt, Carole Watchorn, Leesa Amin, Hospice Vice Chair Christine Durkin, Roland Hailwood and Mayor Marylin Proctor
Chris Durkin and Anne Hewitt
Katie Hardiman, Sara Beaumont and Amy Richardson
Barbara Fletcher, Jane Haigh, Joan Kelly, Irene Booth and Carole Watchorn
Tessa Hewitt, Carolyn Reade and Elizabeth Reade
Alison Driver and Adele Hall
Yvonne Malley and Jean Benson
Leesa Amin, winner of the award this year
Organised by Rossendale Hospice, the event, attended by 70 ladies, raised £3,836. Leesa Amin, a teacher at a pupil referral unit in Oswaldtwistle and chair of the voluntary group LoveHaslingden, was conferred with this year’s title.
As well as running youth club sessions in Haslingden and giving refugee support, Leesa, 25, helped the residents of Irwell Vale during the December floods. Other finalists were Anne Hewitt and Carole Watchorn.
Leesa said: ‘It’s such a great feeling. This award should be dedicated to the people of Haslingden. Not long ago it was referred to as the “forgotten town” and now LoveHaslingden is doing its best to put it back on the map.’