Lorraine surprises the nominees for her Inspirational Woman of the Year Award live on air – including a mental health campaigner and a cancer survivor
- Nominees for Lorraine’s Inspirational Woman of the Year have been announced
- Viewers can now vote for Leanne Pero, Yasmin Geddis or Natasha Benjamin
- Show captured thrilled reaction of each woman as they were given the news
The nominees for Lorraine’s Inspirational Woman of the Year award have been revealed and their thrilled reaction was captured on camera as they were surprised with the news.
The nominees were seen being given the good news by cancer campaigner Deborah James, who acted as a judge on the panel to select the shortlisted women
Leanne Pero, Yasmin Geddis and Natasha Benjamin, were nominated by their peers for their work with children and cancer patients, mental health awareness and help after domestic violence, respectively.
The show also spoke to their friends and family during the show to find out why each woman is so deserving of a nomination.
The first woman announced for for Lorraine’s Inspirational Woman of the Year award was Leanne Pero, from London, and she was thrilled to receive the news
Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur, and community dance advocate and breast cancer survivor
The first finalist announced was Leanne Pero, from London, an award-winning entrepreneur, community dance advocate and most recently, breast cancer survivor and campaigner.
Leanne founded community dance group The Movement Factory when she was just 15 and has successfully raised over £250,000 to run dance programmes and events for young people to take part in for free around London, Surrey and Kent.
Her sister Jessica said: ‘She loves to give young people a platform’.
At the end of 2016, Leanne was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and was able to beat the disease in 2017 after undergoing chemotherapy and a mastectomy.
Leanne recently put on an exhibition at The OXO Tower’s Creative Festival on London’s South Bank telling women’s stories about cancer
She decided to use her experience to spread awareness of cancer within the black community, founding the Black Women Rising UK project.
Jessica explained: ‘She wants people to start talking about cancer, to start speaking about it regularly.’
Most recently Leanne put on an exhibition at The OXO Tower’s Creative Festival on London’s South Bank, which attempted to tell the stories of women who were diagnosed with or had beaten cancer in 2019.
Yasmin Geddis was nominated for setting up The Zachary Geddis Break The Silence Trust, which aims to bring more awareness about mental health to the community in Northern Ireland, as well as decreasing the negative stigma attached to suicide.
Yasmin Geddis was delighted to receive the news that she was shortlisted to become Lorraine’s Inspirational Woman of the Year
Yasmin was nominated for setting up The Zachary Geddis Break The Silence Trust, after her brother tragically took his own life
She stared the charity after her younger brother Zachary tragically took his own life after a long-standing battle with his own mental health.
The trust aims to support those affected by suicide as well as educate on the topic of mental health.
Earlier this year Yasmin’s dad Terry Geddis underwent a cycle around Northern Ireland to raise money for the charity, travelling through 100 towns leaving a Candle of Light in each to honour those who have lost their life to suicide.
In June this year Yasmin’s dad Terry Geddis underwent a cycle around Northern Ireland to raise money for the charity
Yasmin’s loved ones were quick to praise her, insisting that she always puts her needs after those of others.
Friend Elaine Steel said: ‘If the phone rings any time of the day any time of night she’ll answer it and help.
Her partner Adam said: ‘It just amazes me how much of an impact she’s had on so many different people.’
The final woman nominated was Natasha Benjamin who was over the moon to receieve the news
She was chosen after she founded child domestic violence and trauma support, awareness and support service, Free Your Mind
The final woman nominated was Natasha Benjamin, who was chosen for her work to support those affected by domestic abuse.
Natasha, who herself survived domestic abuse as a child, founded child domestic violence and trauma support, awareness and support service, Free Your Mind.
The service provides therapeutic support to children which helps them rebuild confidence after traumatic experiences, as well as training and workshops for schools and local authorities.
Natasha’s friends and family couldn’t sing her praises enough, with her pal Natasha Nelson insisting: ‘She doesn’t do it for anything she does it for her passion.
Her mentor added: ‘She does it to make people better off’.
The service provides therapeutic support to children which helps them rebuild confidence after traumatic experiences
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