Manchester Duck Race 2015

Ducking Good Friday fun


I love the Manchester Duck Race! The day when thousands of little yellow ducks are launched into the River Irwell just behind Spinningfields, jostling for position as they go.


Duck Race Banner


The last time I went the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, so the flock decided to swim upstream, which wasn’t at all part of the plan!



Manchester Duck Race


As usual, this year’s Duck Race will take place Good Friday (April 3rd). The race itself will start at 2pm.

There will be a whole host of activity set to take place across Spinningfields, to entertain families.

Now in its sixth year, it costs just £1 to enter a racing duck. Ducks can be bought online or on the day, with all proceeds going to local children’s charity Brainwave.

There will be six winners of the family race on the day:

1st prize: £150 Duck and Cover clothing voucher

2nd prize: Meal for four at Carluccios

3rd prize: Meal for four at Scene

4th prize: Tickets for a family of four to the Opera house

5th prize: Tickets for a Coronation Street tour for four

6th prize: BUMPER PACKAGE bouquet from David Wayman, meal platter from Nandos and a £10 voucher from Hey Little Cupcake.


Corporate race


The day also includes a corporate race, in which businesses sponsor and decorate foot high rubber ducks. All of which makes for quite a spectacle!



Decorated ducks on water at MCR Duck Race


Manchester Duck Race


A giant inflatable duck, sponsored by Duck and Cover clothing, will also take up residence on Hardman Boulevard, and there will be a number of additional activities including a hook a duck, cups and saucers, a safari train ride, chair-o-planes and a number of inflatables such as a bouncy castle and slide.

As well as the numerous restaurants on site, there will be several food vans selling the likes of candy floss, ice cream and hot food.

Bitter Twisted will be providing a VIP bar on the day as well as a bar for the general public on Crown Square, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to Brainwave.

For more information about the Manchester Duck Race, click here.


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Spinningfields, Alison Staples







Tram tracks cycling survey

Have your say on cycling alongside or across the tram tracks


Love Your Bike, the cycling advocacy campaign co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth, has launched a survey to gather the experiences of people who have cycled alongside, close to or across Metrolink tram tracks [1]

Women riding bicycles


In December 2014, Love Your Bike again raised concerns regarding the designs of Metrolink tram routes at road junctions such as Southmoor Road in Wythenshawe. [2]

In 2012, Sean Sutton (the British Cycling Head Coach at the time) described the new tram lines near to the Velodrome as ‘death traps‘. [3]

Love Your Bike is concerned that where cyclists have crashed or been injured when cycling close to/across Metrolink tracks they do not report the incident because they blame themselves for their lack of cycling experience or skill.

But Love Your Bike believes that many of these incidents may be caused by poor designs. In January 2015, Transport for London (TfL) announced a junction-by-junction safety review of the Croydon tram network following a Coroner’s report that criticised “confusing” signage and layout of cycle lanes at the junctions with the tram network and warned more cyclists could die unless action was taken. [4]

In February 2015, Love Your Bike received a response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) asking for details of the number of people who had reported crashing on/near tram tracks.

Whilst, the number of reported incidents is still quite low, there has been a three-fold increase between 2013 to 2014 in both the number of incidents reported and the number of claims submitted for injuries and/or damages. [5]

Manchester Friends of the Earth Sustainable Transport Campaigner Graeme Sherriff said:  “We have launched the survey to ask the wider community to let us know their experiences of cycling across tram tracks in Greater Manchester.  If the design of Metrolink tracks, particularly at road intersections, puts cyclists at risk, we want to highlight this problem and work for improvements.”


1. Survey:  What is your experience of cycling across Metrolink tram tracks?  See

2.  Concerns with Metrolink tram routes: Statement to Manchester Cycle Forum.  See

3. Manchester Evening News. 19 November 2012. Olympic coach Shane Sutton, badly hurt in bike crash, says tram lines around Manchester Velodrome are ‘death trap’ for cyclists.

4. Croydon tram network to be reviewed in wake of coroner Selena Lynch’s warnings over death of cyclist Roger De Klerk.  See

5. Bicycle crashes and Metrolink : A Freedom of Information Act request and response. See

6. Love Your Bike is an award winning Manchester based campaign aiming to promote cycling and help make it an even more attractive, accessible and fun way to get around. Co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth, the campaign works in partnership with other like-minded organisations.



Alison x  (your 4Manchesterwomen Editor)


Photographs: Free Digital Photos




Easy face painting ideas

Make your face funny for money for Comic Relief


This Friday is Comic Relief – and I’ve had an email from school to say that kids should go in with a ‘funny face’! Mine has already got a funny face, but I’m not sure I can send her in just with instructions to gurn!

So I’ve been scouring the internet to find some easy funny face painting ideas that I can actually have a good crack at. I’m no Banksy or fine art student, so ambitious won’t be a word in my vocabulary come Friday morning!

In addition to the Comic Relief ‘Face Pack‘, these are some ideas I’ve found that I like the look of.



Easy face painting


Easy face painting.




Good luck!

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)









The Empty Shop 2015

Award-winning charity fashion project returns for 2nd year


Back for another year, The Empty Shop charity fashion project is once again open for business in Manchester Arndale.

The empty shop


Following last year’s success (you can read more here), The Empty Shop aims through fashion to create a greater awareness of homelessness in the Manchester area.

Along with generating vital funds for Manchester based homeless charity, The Mustard Tree.



How it works


Members of the public, retailers and Manchester businesses are invited to donate items of pre-loved clothing each day, which is then styled by stylists and fashion bloggers and emptied each night and donated to the charity.

Last year, Mancunion residents and businesses donated two tonnes of clothing!



The Empty Shop will be in Exchange Square at Manchester Arndale from 23rd January until 1st February.


The Empty Shop


The Empty Shop


The Empty Shop


Corrie’s Brooke Vincent is shoing her support this year for The Empty Shop and will be donating her own pre-loved clothing and trying her hand at styling one of the mannequins.

Brooke’s homelessness storyline in Coronation Street really made her aware of the challenges that many homeless people face and she is very proud to be named as the official ambassador for The Empty Shop.

A host of stylists, fashion bloggers, retailers and students will take on the challenge of styling a mannequin each day and a number of famous names will be clearing out their wardrobe to donate their own pre-loved items.

For more information on the project, and details of how to donate please visit The Empty Shop website, or follow them on facebook and Twitter @EmptyShopMCR


Alison x  (your 4Manchesterwomen Editor)


Photographs: The Empty Shop




Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Katy’s story and fundraising fashion event


We’ve got Katy joining us on the blog today, with her story of cervical cancer, how she used exercise to help her recovery and a special friendship which has been the catalyst for a fantastic fundraising event.


Over to you Katy ……

I was 12 weeks post hysterectomy when, at the start of the year, I had my first personal training session.


Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust


Last August I was diagnosed with stage 1b1 cervical cancer.

After an MRI scan and meeting with the doctors, they offered me an operation to remove my cervix but leave my womb. It means you can still conceive but cannot naturally give birth – I was so relieved and positive. They also needed to remove all my pelvic lymph nodes to check if the cancer had spread.

Two weeks after my operation, I received my results.

All my lymph nodes were clear but the operation had been unsuccessful and there was a possibility that there were cancer cells remaining. I was devastated.

The next step for me was a radical hysterectomy. My final results were clear and I am now cancer free.

After 10 weeks off work and 4 months with no exercise I decided I needed to get back into the swing of things but I had no idea what I could do or how I should be doing it.


Katy & Esther


I chose Esther from Transform after reading on her website that she specialised in post natal exercise, which I thought was probably a similar situation to the one I was in. It hasn’t been easy but I quickly learnt my limits and Esther pushed just enough to get the results and progress I wanted.

One day before my session, Esther told me she was going to organise a fashion show and that she wanted to donate all the money raised to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, I was truly touched.


Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust


Jo’s Trust are the only UK charity dedicated to supporting women, their friends and family affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer.

I relied a lot on Jo’s Trust throughout my diagnosis and treatment, they have a website full of information including an online forum where you can ask questions and share experiences with other members.

I’ve also joined a local Jo’s Trust support group where I can meet up with other ladies in a similar position for a cup of coffee and a chat. We meet at The Alexandra Hospital every month. Jo’s Trust are constantly working towards a future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past which means a lot to everyone affected by this awful disease.


The Fashion Show


The fashion show in aid of Jo’s Trust will take place at 7pm on Thursday 15th May at The Moor Suite, Heaton Moor. We will be holding a raffle with some amazing prizes and there will be goody bags for everyone attending.

We’ve some gorgeous clothes from Eternal Envy and Modiste, all of which will be modelled by Transform Personal Training clients. We are aiming to sell 200 tickets and have no costs associated with the event so every penny made will go directly to the charity.


Jo's Trust Fashion Event.

For tickets to the fashion show please contact Katy – 07812 119 642 or Esther – 07703 569 645. Tickets also available from Ryan Jake in Bramhall.

For more information on Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust see:


Katy x


Photographs: Katy Rawlinson





No Make-Up Selfies

What the ‘no make-up selfie’ says to our children


The #NoMakeUpSelfie has been without doubt an incredible phenomenon, raising millions of pounds for cancer charities. Our regular guest blogger and parenting expert Belinda Hayes from TLS Parenting has taken the opportunity to look at it from a different angle.


Over to you Belinda ……

Belinda Hayes


I don’t know about you, but I have been really interested by the reactions to the ‘no make- up selfie’ requests on social media.

Some friends have been happy to reveal their true selves, some have ignored the request and others have said, “well this is what I look like anyway – so here goes!”


When I asked my daughter what she thought about the trend, she couldn’t see a problem – why would people get so stressed about make up when they are naturally beautiful.


No Make up selfie


Now, I know that she is 10 and this can all change, but I was really pleased to hear her say that.

Often as parents we build our children up, while dragging ourselves down, and we don’t even realise we are doing it. When we criticise others, or ourselves based on our looks, our children see this, and what we model to them undermines our efforts to build them up.

Never before have children been so influenced by the visual. Television, apps and even communication is more than ever about images – with many children as young as 9 using instagram regularly. Judgement about appearances are quickly attached to these communications – like with the “hot or not” app where people are judged on their looks.

I have always thought that home should be a port in the storm of life, so this should be the one place that goes against society’s grain; and I know that we try to be, it is just that sometimes our actions and thoughts about ourselves contradict our best wishes for our children.


Make up


Now, I am not saying we should never diet, or wear makeup, but I am saying that we need to be mindful of how we do these things.



Praise matters


I am a fan of praising children, but don’t forget to praise yourself too! Let your kids know when you have done something well, or when your look great – they will catch on and praise you too.

And finally, when you are applying make-up, remember that you are merely enhancing your natural features, because let’s face it – those gorgeous kids of yours got there looks from you!


Belinda x


Photographs: Free Digital Images


Other articles by Belinda:

Taking holidays during term time






The Big T-Break

Supporting the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital


The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Chratity is 4Manchester Women’s chosen charity.


We support them through our events and by helping them publicise fundraising initiatives.

They do amazing work and we are so lucky in Manchester to have such a wonderful facility.

One of their flagship initiatives is The Big T-Break!



A message from Natalie


Here’s a message from Natalie, mum to 10 year old Jay who is a patient at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

“By hosting your own Big T-Break between Friday 31st March and Sunday 6th April 2014, you can help to make a difference to children like my ten-year-old son who is a patient at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

“In 2011, Jay was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a type of cancer that originates from white blood cells and had to undergo scans and chemotherapy to help to fight the disease.

“We were delighted in the October we were given the news that Jay was in remission.

“Unfortunately that wasn’t the end of his battle as a year after Jay went into remission, he developed Septic Arthritis – an inflammation of the joint caused by a bacterial infection – in his arm, elbow and ankle which required surgery to remove the sepsis. After the operations Jay needed to learn to walk again and underwent a heavy physio programme.

“As regular visitors to the hospital, our family have experienced first-hand the huge difference that this charity can make to a child’s experience of hospital.

“Thanks to charitable support the hydrotherapy area had been enhanced with holiday and beach themed artwork and installations, helping to make Jay’s time there much more enjoyable. Jay loved being able to interact with and look at the wall art, it helped him to feel calm and sometimes he would even forget how hard he was working during his physio as there was so much for him to look at.

“That is why we are supporting the Big T-Break, as we’ve seen for ourselves how money raised by this wonderful charity helps to make a difference when it matters most.”


Big T-Break


Get involved


I hope that you will be able to get involved in some way. All you need to do is get together with your friends, family or work colleagues one day during our Big T-Break week and simply have a cup of tea, in exchange for a small donation, knowing you are helping the charity to make a world of difference to children like Jay and parents like Natalie.

Sign up today via the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity website and they’ll get your supporter pack in the post to you, plus thanks to our event sponsor, English Tea Shop, you’ll also be sent a sample pack of their delicious tea.

To guarantee that you receive your Big T-Break pack by Monday 31st March 2014 please ensure your registration form reaches the Charity Team by Friday 21st March 2014.


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: RMCH





International Women’s Day 2014

A guide to what’s happening in Manchester


International Women's Day 2014


As the home of the Suffragette movement, Manchester is once again embracing with gusto International Women’s Day (IWD) – Saturday 8th March 2014.

This year the international theme is Inspiring Change.


What’s happening for IWD in Manchester?


Well firstly replace ‘day’ with ‘month’ as there is lots going on the run up to and after the big day.

To help you plan you celebration of feminine fabulousness, we thought a round up of what’s on might be useful. Please do leave a comment in the box below if we’ve missed anything out.

Early women's rights movementWhatever you do and where ever you do it, don’t forget to remember the brave and strong women that have gone before us.

Those who paved our way and opened the door. Without them we wouldn’t have the opportunities we have today.

Remember too those women in other countries who are oppressed, stifled, terrorised and don’t have the opportunity to reach their full potential. And remember the women in our own country and our own city who are struggling.

Have a look at the events below, get involved, see how you can help and continue the tradition of awesome Manchester Women!


Manchester City Council


Manchester City Council hosts the IWD Steering Group. This year the Steering Group has agreed a theme of Women as Peacemakers.

IWD Events


With the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World war, IWD 2014 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the role that women have played and continue to play in conflict resolution and peace building.

As part of the IWD celebrations, Manchester City Council will host the 2nd Manchester International Women’s Day Awards on Friday 7th March 2014.



This event recognises unsung women who make an important contribution in the city and provides role models for Manchester’s women and girls.

For a comprehensive list of community events and guided walks compiled by Manchester City Council – click here



We are Warp and Weft – Stature Exhibition


24th February – 9th March 2014

Ground Floor, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square.

Of the 640 listed statues in the UK, only 15% are of women and most of those are statues of monarchs or mythological characters.

Apart from Queen Victoria’s statue, Manchester’s municipal statues still only celebrate the achievement of historical men.

Eight women from Greater Manchester with diverse backgrounds and achievements have been chosen – all of whom deserve recognition.


Stature Flyer


Check out the crocheted masks on the ground floor of Manchester Town Hall and learn about some amazing local women.

For more information visit



Imperial War Museum North


IWM North, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, M17 1TZ

A Closer Look: International Women’s Day

1st – 31st March, 3.30pm Daily

Discover the personal stories of inspirational women in a 20 minute walk and talk around IWM North. Explore the roles of women during times of conflict and peace keeping, from the Women’s International League in the First World War, to peaceful protesters at Greenham Common.


GP Lewis photograph from IWM archive. Women, Industry and WWI


Nancy’s Land Army Adventure 

Every Sunday in March, 1pm

Meet Nancy and hear her tales of life in the Land Army in the Second World War. Learn about her experiences away from home and making new friends. In this interactive family friendly session visitors can choose what happens, and so each story telling session will be different.


Open Studio: International Women’s Day

Saturday 8th March, 11am – 12.30pm and 2 – 3.30pm

Sunday 9th March, 11am – 12.30pm and 2 – 3.30pm

For more information visit



Manchester Guided Walking Tours


Woman who made Manchester guided walk

Friday 7th March 1pm – 3.30pm

People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER

Hear the stories of Manchester women whose influence past and present has make the city great.


Girl Power – Manchester Style

Saturday 8th March, 11.30am

Meet at the Manchester Visitor Information Centre

Manchester women have not always conformed to societies ideal!


For more information visit



One Day After Peace – film screening and Q&A


Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, M2 1NL

Manchester’s first event screening of the multi-award winning documentary One Day After Peace – followed by a Q&A with the film’s lead, Robi Damelin.


One Day After Peace

For more information visit



Wonder Women – Radical Manchester

wonder women radical manchester


The list of arts events cited as part of the month long Wonder Women – Radical Manchester 2014 celebration is comprehensive to say the least.

From gender swapping, time travelling Orlando at the Royal Exchange to Joana Vasconcelos’ Time Machine Exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery and Vanishing for the Vote at The People’s History Museum (where women refused to be recorded in the 1911 census) the offering is massive.

Creative Tourist have produced a really good overview of events on throughout the month. Hat’s off to them for some serious collating!

For more information visit



Three Minute Theatre


As usual 3MT – the little theatre on the ground floor of Afflecks Palace, will be celebrating women in theatre with a jam packed week of performances.

Pulse Productions Presents: Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th March

Pulse Productions Presents New 3, 6 and 9 minute plays by female writers.



For Books’ Sake – ‘Women of Peace’: Saturday 8th March 1pm – 4pm

Women of Peace will feature local women using fiction and non-fiction readings to extol women’s often ignored role as peacemakers.

Women In Performance – Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm


A festival celebrating women in the discipline of performance art.

For more information visit


Manchester City Football Club


This year MCFC are sponsoring the Manchester International Women’s Day Awards at the Town Hall.

As part of this sponsorship, the Club are offering the chance for female footballers aged 16-18 to win a pair of tickets to attend the awards ceremony on Friday 7th March.

MCFC will also back a prize for ‘Women in Sport and Leisure’, which will be awarded to an individual who has excelled in the field of sports or sports promotion, community-based leisure or parks.

For more information visit


Forever Manchester


Forever Manchester will be holding an International Women’s Day Dinner and Networking Event on Wednesday 12th March at Olive Restaurant. For more information visit


Manchester Craft and Design Centre


Tessellate is an event designed for International Women’s Day. The community group ArtAnon will be presenting an exciting origami display created by the public, at Manchester Craft and Design Centre on Saturday 8th March, 6pm – 9pm.

For more information visit


Red Flag Walks


Find out more about Manchester’s campaigning past with historical Red Flag Walks as part of the month long Wonder Woman Festival.


Red Flag History Walks


Manchester First in the Fight. Votes for Women 1866-1928

Sunday 16th March, 11am – meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street


There is no such city as Manchester. Manchester in Fiction

Saturday 22 March, 11am – meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street


Radical Salford

Sunday 23 March, 11am – meet outside Black Lion pub


Radical Ashton-under-Lyne

Sunday 30 March, 11am – meet at Town Hall steps, Market Square.


For more information visit



What have we missed?


There will, without a shadow of a doubt be more events and celebrations going on in Manchester for International Women’s Day. If you’ve got an event you’d like to share, please leave a comment in the box below and tell us all about it.


I feel really lucky to be a woman in Manchester – March 8th 2014 is our time to celebrate!


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: IWD, Manchester City Council, Warp & Weft, Alison Staples, One Day After Peace, Three Minute Theatre, Wonder Women – Radical Manchester, Red Flag Walks









Team Honk does Sport Relief

Bloggers across the country take part in a Lands End to John O Groats relay


Blog! Run! Honk! Repeat!

Back in the late 90′s when I was a rookie fundraiser working for Keep Britain Tidy, I sat in a meeting with my boss and the marketing team from a large multinational fast food chain as they hatched a plan ……. a four week Lands End to John O Groats litter relay to promote our flagship campaign, National Spring Clean.

The idea being that representatives from local authorities and community groups would carry a litter baton across the country, travelling between hand over points by environmentally friendly modes of transport. At the aforementioned hand over points, baton carriers would kick off a litter pick before rendezvousing at the nearest ‘golden arches’, eat a burger, have their photo taken by the local press and then rock on to the next destination.

The term ‘A Lands End to John O Groats Litter Relay’ is such a simple thing. Working it up into a feasible, fully costed plan was my job. It was before the days of internet searches and Google maps. There I was with a road atlas and a piece of string, measuring distances and crossing my fingers that it would all work out.

The Dash Against Trash Lands End to John O Groats Litter Relay nearly drove us to drink! With three routes our team was stretched to the limit.

However it was the most enormous fun! It saw me playing football with 1966 World Cup goal scorer Geoff Hurst in Leicester Square, waking through Barnet dressed as Orinoco Womble, nearly taking the top off the support minibus in a multi storey car park in Cheltenham, eating a lot of burgers and sleeping in a lot of Travelodges!



Team Honk for Comic Relief


On the basis of The Dash Against Trash I think I know more than most just how hard it is to organise a Lands End to John O Groats relay.

But while back in the day – access to the world wide web would have required the services of a giant arachnid! Fifteen years later things couldn’t be more different. The power of the internet and social media is enormous – we often only hear the bad things. Well here’s something really good!


Team Honk logo


Two years ago, a pair of bloggers Annie (Mammasaurus) and Tanya (Mummy Barrow) approached Comic Relief to launch some blogger fundraising. Later that year they (plus Penny @ A Residence) were invited to go to Ghana with Comic Relief to help to live blog and tweet the charity’s 25th birthday celebrations. Team Honk was formed!

This growing group of bloggers has continued to support Comic Relief. Last year they undertook all manner of fundraising challenges – blogging and spreading the word as they went. But of course this year it’s all about the sport!



Team Honk does Sport Relief


3,000 miles, 200 bloggers, 12th January – 23rd March 2014!


team honk relay route

The Team Honk Lands End to John O Groats relay (by any means) started in Cornwall on 12th January 2014.

When I say ‘by any means’ I’m not joking! Here are some images so far from Honkers!




North West Team Honk Relay Itinerary (7th – 10th March)


Late on Friday 7th March the baton will be received from Bradford in Ashton under Lyne. Adam from Gaming Daddy of Two will scoot the baton to Stockport Air Raid shelters and Sara aka @missesg28 will collect it from Stockport Air Raid Shelters and Cycle to Old Bedians RUFC.

On the morning of Saturday 8th Feb, Amanda Walsh from Life with ASD and me will walk from Old Bedians RUFC to Chorlton Water Park passing the baton to Emma from The Cheshire Wife who will walk from Chorlton water park to Sale water park to hand over to Charlie from Gin Fuelled Blue Stocking. A collection of bloggers will meet Charlie at Deansgate dressed in various forms of fancy dress to take it across the city involving a pub crawl.

On Sunday 9th March the baton leaves Prestwich at 8am to head to Giant’s Seat with Jennifer from My Mummies Pennies along a family walking a nature trail. Arriving around 9.30am at Giant’s Seat the baton will then be cycled to Moses Gate Country Park by Heather from Not From Lapland and children.

Once at Moses Gate Country Park, Ian’s Explorer Scouts will do something crazy until 11am when Pippa from Red Rose Mummy and Simone from Sims Life continue the journey to Atherton Railway Station. At 12.30 pm the baton will arrive at Atherton Railway Station to pass on to Lisa from HollyBobbs who will walk into Wigan town centre (8 miles) where she will pass to Wendy from Daisies and Pie  who will pram walk to Standish and pass to Ruth from Ruth Writes, who will walk to Burscough ( 9 miles). Ruth will pass the baton to Leanne from Second Time Mummy at Burscough Wharf.

On Monday 10th March at 9am, Leanne from Second Time Mummy and her husband Chris will travel 15 miles from Burscough to Leyland Train Station by bike dressed in onesies, where they will pass the baton to Angela from This Is Life at 11am at Leyland Train Station. Angela will drive to Capitol Centre with a Sport Relief/Team Honk decorated car passing it to Kelly from Preston Precious and Victoria to arrive at 12:00pm at Deepdale Football Museum.

To get involved with the Manchester leg or offer local support please join the Machester Team Honkers Facebook Group here.



Support Team Honk


We all know about the amazingly good work that Comic Relief and Sport Relief does. At time of writing (24th February 2014) Team Honk were well on their way to smashing their £20,000 target – which I suspect will be revised pretty smartish!


Team Honk target


There are a multitude of ways to get involved!

Check out the Team Honk route here – give them a cheer and pop a few quid in their bucket.

Pop over to the Manchester Team Honk’s giving page and make an online donation.

Or you can donate £5 by texting HONK to 70005. Costs £5 + standard network message rate. Terms & Conditions can be found here.


Follow Team Honk:

Twitter – @team_honk #teamhonkrelay

Facebook –

Website –



Get involved with Sport Relief


As with all things in life, there is more than one way to skin a cat! If you’re not directly Honking you can still get involved with Sport Relief.


Sport Relief


The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.


The Olympic legacy was to inspire a generation. This is the first post-Olympic Sport Relief. Let’s hope it’s biggest and best one yet!

Good luck Honkers and to everyone taking part in Sport Relief!



Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Team Honk, Sport Relief




Inspiring Women Awards

Nominations are now open


Over 22 years, the Inspiring Women Awards has found women who inspire others and are viewed as role models. And once more it’s time to nominate the North West’s remarkable women (nominations close 4th April 2014).


Last year’s winners


Last year’s joint Community Award winners were Jo Thompson and Nicola Graham.

Jo started Millie’s Trust following the death of her baby daughter who died on her third day at nursery following a choking accident, to campaign for better First Aid knowledge and practice.

Nicola Graham, started Reuben’s Retreat in memory of her son, Reuben who died aged 23 months from a rare brain tumour.

Both women showed and shared their courage with the audience in the face of extreme tragedy.


Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy, Joanne Thompson, Nicola Graham and So Rahman


Business Winner, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell was recognised for her contribution to the success of the University of Manchester.


Dame Nancy Rothwell


Sue Woodward OBE was awarded the Creative & Media category for her work with The Sharpe project.

Paula Solomon was recognised as the BBC Radio Manchester heroine for setting up the Match4Martin campaign.


2.	Paula Solomon – BBC Radio Manchester Heroine award


Lisa Tse, co-founder of Sweet Mandarin was recognised in the Entrepreneur category for the success of the Sweet Mandarin sauces, now exported to China.


Lisa Tse - Entrepreneur Award winner with BBC presenter Andy Crane


The winner of the Inspiring Young Woman Award went to Kirsty Ashton MBE for her untiring charity work and support.


4.	Kirsty Ashton MBE – Inspiring Young Woman Award winner


Founder of the Awards, businesswoman Jacqueline Hughes Lundy of Olivia Henry Associates, says:

 “We want to keep publicising these remarkable stories from women who have made a difference to their lives or the lives of others. 

“These Awards provide a wonderful opportunity to recognise and showcase these achievements and to say thank you to our unsung heroines. ”





Find out more about the 2013 Inspiring Women Award winners here.



How to nominate


Closing date for nominations is Friday 4th April 2014

There are six categories:

  • Business Award.
  • Entrepreneur (for businesses between 1-5 years) Award.
  • The BBC Radio Manchester Community Award.
  • Inspiring Young Woman Award (aged 16-25years).

Two new categories for 2014 are:

  • The Technology Award.
  • The Nurturing Female Talent Award (which is a company award).


The Inspiring Women Awards supports the Inspiring Young Women Foundation. Full details of the Awards, previous winners and full Terms and Conditions are available on


To nominate:


Via the web

Phone 0161 926 8568 (ansaphone)



The Awards Lunch


The Awards Lunch will take place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on Thursday 15th May 2014 when the winners will be announced. Compering the event and interviewing the finalists on the day will be BBC Radio Manchester presenter, Andy Crane.

Guest Award presenters include BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin and former The Apprentice star, Neil Clough.


Further details can be obtained from Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy, Tel: 07753 881455  Email:


Photographs: Inspiring Women Awards






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