Inspirational women give their backing for the Mayor’s charities

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Talented women from across South Ribble were celebrated at a special event.

Now in its 16th year, the Ladies of Achievement lunch was hosted by Mayoress Karen Walton at The Leyland Hotel.

Guest speakers Jo Fowler, Faye Walton and Paula Holmes with Mayoress Karen Walton

Guest speakers Jo Fowler, Faye Walton and Paula Holmes with Mayoress Karen Walton

Guest speakers included Paula Holmes, fund-raiser for the Katy Holmes Trust, the mayoress’ daughter Faye Walton, who is a senior buyer for New Look, and Joanne Fowler, regional fund-raiser for the North West Air Ambulance.

Mrs Walton said it was “extra special” to be joined by her daughter, who travelled from London to be present.

She added: “We have some truly inspirational women in South Ribble and this is a fantastic way to celebrate their achievements while raising money for some wonderful causes.”

The event included a three-course meal served with a glass of wine and finished with fresh coffee.

Money raised on the day has been pledged to the Mayor’s Charity Fund, which is this year supporting St Catherine’s Hospice, the North West Air Ambulance and the RNLI.