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IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU KNOW THE NOMINEE : Jo Booth was my first Director on my Board In 2013. Time to Change (West Cumbria) Project CIC. She has stayed for the whole duration and is the only founder Board member left on the board. I have been in awe of her dedication to the community during Covid, but also heard many tales of her commitment to the most vulnerable in our society over many decades.
YOUR NOMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS, PERSONALITY & SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY & OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? : Jo Booth first began her working career at Marchon plant in Whitehaven as a secretary. Her love of helping people developed when she began to work at the Youth Enquiry Service In Whitehaven where she supported young people into training and education. Jo's career then moved Into Drug & Alcohol treatment where she spent 25 years treating people with Drug & Alcohol addictions. During this period of time she became an active member of the Whitehaven & District Lions. Jo had a year as Club President which involved overseeing club meetings and attending district meetings. As a Lion she attended twice monthly meetings where fundraising events and funding requests were discussed. Most of Jo's time in Lions was as Welfare Chair which involved researching funding requests and presenting them to the Club at the meetings.
Jo also took part in all fundraising events which included Swimarathon, sponsored walks, Tombola's at Maritime and other festivals, selling raffle tickets for Children In Need and for the Whitehaven Carnival and was involved in the bucket collection, amongst other duties, on the day. These are just a few of the events that Jo was involved with.
Jo was an active member until the Club folded a couple of years ago.
Jo initially introduced club members to starting up the Christmas Day Lunch for people living on their own which was a joint effort with Rotary clubs of Whitehaven, Inner Wheel, Age UK, Soroptomists and latterly The Masons.
This event ran for 12 years until Covid 19 struck and additional agencies got involved. Jo dedicated 12 years on Christmas day to ensure people in her community were not left alone at Christmas. In 2013 I approached her to be a Board Director for Time to Change West Cumbria Project. She agreed and she has attended all Fundraising events, including a sleep out to raise money for homelessness at the age of 68! She attended all board meetings over the last 8 years but more importantly she was a vital member of the project team to set up Women out West. From recruiting to dealing with crisis emergencies of women suffering from Domestic Abuse, Jo has been on call 7 days a week. Even when Jo was diagnosed with Leukaemia, this did not stop her. Indeed, when there was a pandemic and she was instructed to shield. She took the responsibility of contacting all staff members once a week to ensure their welfare. She also took on the role of managing all the referrals from her home to keep our services going throughout lock down. Once the lockdown was lifted, she was straight back to the centre and built the amazing team we have now. Because of Jo Booth we have a Award Winning Women Centre helping hundreds of women In need In our area of West Cumbria.
The person I have nominated deserves to be considered for an invitation to the Cumbria Women of the Year Lunch because: : Jo goes about her work quietly and stays firmly out of the limelight. You wont see Jo in the news or on TV, she keeps what she does very low key. Her lifelong dedication to her community and in particular the homeless who suffer with addition, and women suffering Domestic Abuse, should be recognised. Jo is a super women, or should I say, super Gran! She's loved by so many and has no idea how many lives she has saved because her of her dedication. She has been the wind beneath the wings of the CEO of Calderwood House and WOW. If ever I fell (which I do from time to time due to my mental health) she would take over the reins until I got better. Always one to fight for the underdog and never fearful of standing up for what's right and fair. A huge royalist with a wicked sense of humour, Jo Booth definitely deserves to be celebrated.
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