Address : 6 Dykes Terrace
Postcode : CA3 9AS
Telephone : 07511939797
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Name : Olivia Hodgson
Telephone : 07528064490
Email : email@example.com
IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU KNOW THE NOMINEE : Sharon is my mum, I am the child she was pregnant with when we lost my dad to suicide.
YOUR NOMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS, PERSONALITY & SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY & OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? : In 1994, Sharon lost her husband to suicide while she was 6 months pregnant. A successful policeman who was newly married with a child on the way, he had everything to live for.
20 years after the tragic event, Sharon has allowed to use her devastating experience to help others who have been bereaved by suicide. She co-runs the non-profit group Cumbria SBS (Suicide Bereavement Support) and facilitates self-help sessions to people who have lost loved ones to suicide in the Carlisle and Cockermouth areas. The group offers free, self-help services which are lead and attended solely by people who have been affected by suicide first hand. The group cleverly, empathetically and compassionately encourages people to reach out and start a conversation. Sharon is also on hand in her personal time to answer texts and emails from attendees – she realises there is no pressure to talk.
This year she attended Cumbria Pride and had extremely valuable talks with the likes of High Sheriff Marcia Reid-Fotheringham and the mayor of Carlisle who were thoroughly interested with the group. They encouraged her to try for funding and understood and emphasised the importance of what she does.
The person I have nominated deserves to be considered for an invitation to the Cumbria Women of the Year Lunch because: : Sharon is tenacious, forward-thinking and completely selfless. She has allowed a traumatic, shattering experience to bring her the strength to help others in her, or a similar, situation. She is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for SBS and is generally a kind, caring and special person. She understands the awareness of conversation, talking about mental health and receiving support through sharing experiences.