Who will clinch the 55thScotswoman of the Year title?
SIX FINALISTS IN RACE TO SCOOP OUR TOP HONOUR
THERE are just a few hours remaining before the 55th Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year is crowned.
Around 250 women from all over the country will gather in the spectacular surroundings of Glasgow City Chambers tonight to watch the 2017 winner lift the trophy.
The event – supported by our generous partner St Enoch Centre – is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation, with dozens of nominees having been whittled down to a final shortlist.
Last year’s winner, Laura Young, founder of art therapy charity The Teapot Trust, will hand over the title to her successor in what promises to be an exciting evening, featuring guest speaker, equal rights activist and original Glasgow Girl Amal Azzudin, and music from singer songwriter Sharon Martin.
The six finalists are Sammi Kinghorn, who enjoyed a hugely successful 2017, winning two gold medals, claiming a world record and becoming Britain’s fastest ever female wheelchair athlete; broadcaster Sally Magnusson, whose groundbreaking charity Playlist for Life is changing the way people with dementia are treated across the UK; visionary fundraiser Arlene Smith, who founded bereavement support charity Brightest Star after the death of her fiveyear-old son Jack; internationally renowned forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black; equal rights activist and founding member of political party RISE Suki Sangha; and 12-year-old Grace Warnock, whose campaign to raise awareness of invisible disabilities has attracted global acclaim.
Evening Times Editor Donald Martin said: “Each year, we are amazed by the determination, creativity and courage of our wonderful SWOTY nominees.
“The judging process is almost impossible as every one of the six finalists deserves to win the title.
“Tonight’s gala dinner, supported by St Enoch Centre and hosted by Glasgow City Council in the incredible surroundings of the City Chambers banqueting hall, promises to be another emotional, enjoyable and uplifting evening.”
Anne Ledgerwood, general manager of St Enoch Centre, added: “We’d like to wish our six wonderful SWOTY finalists the best of luck for tonight’s awards. They’ve all made a fantastic contribution and thoroughly deserve their place at the award ceremony.
“St Enoch Centre is proud to continue supporting the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year contest and the important role it plays in recognising strong, exceptional women. It is truly rewarding to have played a role in highlighting our entrants’ amazing achievements.”
Laura Young, who won last year’s title, will hand over the honour to her successor at tonight’s ceremony
The event will take place at the City Chambers in Glasgow