Sunday 19 March 2017


JUDY Murray and a young carer were the stars of the show as they were honoured at Action for Children Scotland’s annual ‘Woman of Influence’ awards.
And Judy admitted she was chuffed to bits to win Action For Children Scotland's Women of Influence Awards because she normally picks up the gongs for her sons Andy and Jamie.
She laughed: "I'm thrilled to bits because as I was reading out all the nominations I thought I don't remember the last time I won something. I'm absolutely not used to winning anything. I'm quite used to going and picking up something for my kids when they're not in the bloody country after winning things.
I think it was 1999 I last won something from the LTA - coach of the year.
When you're not ready to make a speech it reminds me of Strictly when I developed a look which Anton Du Beke got very used to and meant I have no idea what's coming next.
It was a really strong pool of candidates and of course you're standing up in a whole room full of women and it meant a lot to me that I was voted by them. Action For Children is also a great charity and I really like what they do."
The prestigious award recognises remarkable Scottish women who have had an outstanding impact on society and are role models to the children, young people, and families the charity supports. To date, the event has raised more than £1.1m to support the charity’s work in Scotland.
Judy Murray beat off competition from Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive Officer of the British Fashion Council; Amanda McMillan, OBE MD, Glasgow Airport; Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government and Alison Di Rollo, Solicitor General for Scotland to win the ‘Woman of Influence’ award.
Paul Carberry, Director of Action for Children Scotland, said: “Our ‘Woman of Influence’ awards is one of the most important events of the social calendar and has raised more than £1.1m to support our work across Scotland. This event has made a huge difference to the 14,000 children, families and young people our services work with while, at the same time, celebrating the successes of inspirational women in Scotland.”
"This year we were delighted to honour Judy Murray. This award is in recognition of her success in the world of sport as well her commitment to encouraging young people, particularly girls, to live healthier and more active lifestyles.”
Action for Children Scotland has also honoured Frida Skinner, 11, from Shotts with the ‘Woman of Influence Community Award’. This special award is given to a young woman who has transformed her life as a result of the support received from Action for Children Scotland. Frida is a young carer currently supported by the ‘North Lanarkshire Young Carers’ project based in Motherwell.
Commenting on Frida’s award, Paul Carberry added: “I am thrilled that Frida won the Woman of Influence Community award. She is a great advocate of the work of our North Lanarkshire Young Carers service and an inspiration to young women we support within our services.”

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