A PRESTIGIOUS annual event which recognises and celebrates the achievements of women across the region takes place on Friday.

The Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards are organised by health and social care charity Sue Ryder, which runs the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice Manorlands.

And among those nominated for an accolade is Victoria Robertshaw, co-owner of Keelham Farm Shop, a huge supporter of Manorlands.

The nomination is in the business category.

“I am surprised but thrilled to be nominated,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to be recognised by a charity which has a special place in our hearts here at Keelham.

“Our team has enjoyed taking part in many fundraising events in support of this fantastic local cause over the years, from entering the annual Sue Ryder mascot race with our Keelham mascots – Lamby and Beefy – to donating more than 1,500 pieces of fruit to fuel runners at the Bolton Abbey trail run in aid of Manorlands.

“It was through our relationship with Manorlands that we met Andrew Wood, one of the fundraisers at the hospice, who spearheaded the incredible Fields of Vision project in 2014. It saw Keelham land used as one of the locations for a series of huge, grass-based land art installations in the South Pennines landscape in honour of the Yorkshire Grand Depart.

“I look forward to attending the awards and celebrating the wonderful achievements of incredible women from across region with the Sue Ryder team.”

The awards ceremony is being held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Pete Watson, one of the organisers, said: “The event is all about recognising and celebrating wonderful women, like Victoria, who have done something outstanding in their lives.

“The awards are a fantastic opportunity to meet incredible and inspirational women from across Yorkshire.”

For ticket information, visit sueryder.org/ywoa or e-mail wheatfields.fundraising@sueryder.org.