Who will clinch the 55thS­cotswoman of the Year ti­tle?

SIX FI­NAL­ISTS IN RACE TO SCOOP OUR TOP HON­OUR

Evening Times - - NEWS - By ANN FOTHERINGHAM

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

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