Lady Sharon Farley-Mason from Adlington, Lancashire has been nominated for the Positive Role Model (Disability) at The National Diversity Awards 2020.
The Breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will play host to this year’s awards, to be held on 25th September. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities.
The prestigious black tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.
Sharon is the design creator behind the Couture embellished mobility aids and accessories marketed through the international brand Glamsticks (www.glamsticks.co.uk). Having suffered a nasty fall from a horse that nearly killed her, Sharon had to rethink her life and her career. She was mentally fit but medically retired, with a young family to look after.
The thought of being ‘disabled’ added a strain to the whole family, so when the opportunity presented itself for her to become an entrepreneur, she grasped it with both hands and acquired Glamsticks – a hobby and talent that turned in to a passion and a business.
As Sharon said: Glamsticks™ is not just a job or a hobby, it has been my saviour. It is my inspiration to fight each day, even on the days when I am unable to get out of bed; to live life to the full and be truly grateful.” She continued, “I am honoured and delighted to be nominated and know I am in an excellent company of nominees from all over the UK.”
ITV News will be working in association with The National Diversity Awards to highlight role models and community organisations on regional and national news channels. Rachel Corp, Acting Editor, ITV News said; “We are pleased that ITV News will once again be supporting the National Diversity Awards. ITV News remains committed to telling the stories of those, who through their work and dedication to helping others have made a difference; enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our society. We look forward to introducing the 2020 nominees to our viewers across the regions and nation.”
The UK’s largest diversity awards has attracted a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper. Sir Lenny Henry CBE, last year’s winner of the Celebrity of the Year gong said;
“Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination; its means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, you’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!”
The National Diversity Awards receives over 28,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder & CEO Paul Sesay said, “As we enter our 09th awards season, The National Diversity Awards prepare to welcome a host of outstanding role models and charities to our family. We look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience, and I cannot wait to learn about the wonderful work being carried out this year”.
Nominations close on May 18th 2020 and shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date. To nominate Lady Sharon Farley-Mason, please visit: https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/27362/.