Our first ever Fife Women Rock award winners are a group of fabulous, inspirational and amazing women.
New Business of the Year – Lauren Anderson
Young Businesswoman of the Year – Courtney Anderson
Caring Business of the Year – Laura Bennett
Businesswoman of the Year – Jean Young
Queen of Kindness – Mandy Henderson
Volunteer of the Year – Amy Gannon
Woman of the Year- Lynsey Ramsey
The atmosphere at the event was just amazing. It was a really special evening and I’m feeling very honoured to be able to celebrate these amazing women who are doing fantastic work in business and in the local community.
We are really grateful for the support of the businesses who have really helped us make this an extra special event and we also need to thank Ian and his team at the Harbour View hotel in Kinghorn for giving us such a brilliant venue for the event.
There are some amazing stories behind each and every nominee and finalist and I really want to thank everyone who was involved.
And of course I want to give a big congratualtions to all of our winners – you’ve proved Fife Women Rock!
Lauren Anderson started her new business Lauren Anderson Therapies @ Room 34 in Dalgety Bay just this year whilst on maternity leave after having her second child. Not only has she created a thriving business, she’s also created a tranquil place where clients can escape from the stress of everyday life.
Courtney Anderson is co-owner of Kerry Photography at just 20. She offers free photoshoots to families who have a child with a life limiting or terminal illness.
Courtney is also involved in The Rainbow of Hope project to create a mosaic of images taken of brothers or sisters of families who have had an infant loss or miscarriage to raise money for the charity SANDS.
Laura Bennett is a tattoo artist who runs her own business Laura Bennett Permanent Cosmetics. She also gives her time for free to work with breast cancer survivors to tattoo areola and nipples for those who have had a mastectomy to transform how they feel about themselves post surgery.
Jean Young owns Uptown Girl, one of Cowdenbeath’s longest established businesses. She pride herself on delivering excellent customer service and a professional and friendly welcome in a relaxed no pressure atmosphere.
After purchasing her own wedding shoes from the previous owner, Jean fell in love with the shop. Less than a year later she fulfilled her dream of owning the business. Proof that dreams come true and in the right pair of shoes a woman can conquer the (business) world!
In addition, Jean is part of the steering group looking at improving Cowdenbeath High St, the Rotary Club, Volunteer fundraiser for CHAS, part of League of Ladies and Cowdenbeath Community Council.
Mandy Henderson nee Hunter has worked at Linton Lane Centre in Kirkcaldy’s Templehall area for 23 years. Mandy ensures the needs of the community are met and never turns anyone away. She ensures everyone is supported through a range of measures from applying for funding to giving a home to the Foodbank and organising groups from teenagers to pensioners. In the last six months she has seen the needs of the community increase to include not only food and support to furniture, clothing, baby equipment and emotional support but Mandy is working hard to help in any way she can.
Amy Gannon works as a nurse and clinical educator and is passionate about helping to empower women.
A mum of 2, she also devotes her spare time to helping in her community as a volunteer.
Her numerous roles include being chair of the Fife Breastfeeding Cafe, a breastfeeding advisor and she now also offers support via an online group, the national helpline and by providing post-natal visits.
Lynsey Ramsey lost her partner Ross in 2006 to suicide. Left alone with 3 young children under five and dealing with their and her grief, alongside the perceptions of others around suicide, could have bowled her over.
But back then, although devastated, overwhelmed and in the midst of a truly dark time, she made a choice. She chose to love. She chose kindness and she chose honesty. She chose forgiveness and compassion.
Through the years she has used her own experience of grief to help and support others, created a successful business and trained as a reiki practitioner to help others in dark times. She has transformed her life, found love again with her husband David and has 4 amazing children. A story of triumph over tragedy.