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Sarah’s Chronicles #37 – Philanthropy Work

In 2006 surprisingly I received an invite to an awards ceremony as I had been nominated for a Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards (Jane Tomlinson Awards). These awards are for women who have set high standards in their businesses by contributing significantly to the community inspiring women in Yorkshire. I had very much been an active member of the community raising awareness for diabetes charities and the serious complications type 1 diabetes can cause including numerous publications in the media (glossy magazines, local newspapers, television) and several fundraising gigs in the local community as well as being an ambassador for JDRF’s 5k run. I don’t do this kind of work for recognition or rewards however, it was a really nice surprise to be a nominee and that people notice the work you do.

And yes, that is the lovely Cerrie Burnell (former CBeebies presenter, playwriter, children’s author) who played my rival in the stage show Three Penny Opera when we were both starting out in our careers. You won’t find these newspaper articles on Google, but I can vouch there was a well-respected Arts Reporter, presenter, playwright and screenwriter with me at the time including several BBC Radio Leeds presenters.


Image 1- In this image we see a newspaper article with a photo of Sarah on the left, and on the right the headline "Courage that touched a nation... now Sarah's in the charity running"

Image 2 - In this image we see Sarah standing in the middle of a group of ladies who have just finished the Hydro Active Women's Challenge for JDRF. They are standing on a bridge overlooking a river. They are all wearing royal blue tee shirts with the competitive numbers pinned on the front. Some of the ladies, including Sarah, are wearing the medals with blue ribbons on them (and yes that is Cerrie Burnell on Sarah's right).


Image 3 - In this image, we see a collage of headlines which reads: Yorkshire superstars on awards shortlist; Sarah's mission to save the sight of others; fundraiser Sarah sets the pace; last but not least, Sarah never loses sight of her ambitions.