Last year’s winner – the youngest ever in Cumbria Women of the Year’s 30 year history – was named as Amy Bray. Amy’s passion for the planet and fascination with the natural world has impelled her to found Another Way, a conservation charity. Amy has campaigned energetically on environmental issues, conducted awareness courses educating others, encouraged her school to enter the Back to School Plastic challenge, and advised local business on reducing waste and their carbon footprint. She has received wide support from leading conservationists and opened a zero-waste shop in Penrith also called Another Weigh. All this began in school where she made “quite an impression” and expanded into the wider community speedily and with extraordinary success – unsurprisingly, Amy aims to be a Marine Biologist. She was 17 years old when she received the award.