A RIBBLE Valley charity worker is following up her recent trip to Buckingham Palace with a lunch date with some of the most extraordinary women in the world.
Faith Marriott, Youth Justice Manager with Wilpshire-based charity Child Action North West, was presented with an MBE in July. Now she has been invited to the 2011 Women of the Year Lunch in London next month.
The prestigious annual lunch will be held at the Inter-Continental Hotel on October 17th and is strictly invitation only. Every guest is hand-picked in recognition of their personal contribution to society. Faith, a grandmother of four, spends her time helping troublesome teens across Lancashire to sort out their lives.
Harriet Roberts, Fundraising Manager with CANW, nominated Faith and is delighted with her invitation. She said: “Faith and the team work extremely hard in often difficult circumstances. She is dedicated to the task and we are all thrilled with the recognition this brings.
“This lunch brings women who have achieved from all walks of life. You get the recognisable, such as Margaret Thatcher, Tina Turner and Valentine Tereshkova (the first woman in space) along with the likes of our Faith. The guests are all women who have made a difference.
“The judges were impressed with Faith’s work with young people in custody and felt the Charity’s work is very topical, worthy of recognition. It’s wonderful for the charity, too, a great opportunity for national exposure at a time when we need to raise our profile to generate income.”
For her part, Faith commented: “I met Annie Lennox at the Palace when I collected my MBE, I wonder if I’ll meet her again. I’m looking forward to the occasion – that’s the second new frock I’m going to have to buy this year!”