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Book celebrates region’s inspirational women

BETWEEN them they have secured royal acclaim, led businesses, won sporting medals, written books and been heroines in the lives of others – and today they were united for a gathering in their honour.

Linda Hoggarth and Emma Crowhurst study the book

Dozens of carefully chosen or nominated women from across Norfolk and Suffolk attended the special launch of a new publication honouring 100 of East Anglia’s most inspirational females.

Staged at The Cookhouse at Suffolk Food Hall, the event saw the unveiling of 100 Women in 100 Words, a book written to coincide with the Centenary of International Women’s Day, and to raise money for a worthy charitable cause (the East Anglian Eve Appeal).

Each featured female is now celebrated within the book in a summary of 100 words, and with a photograph. Thanks to the support of Adnams, every one of the 100 selected women also receives a bottle of Adnams Fizz.

Managing director, Deborah Watson, whose company Lexia Media compiled the book, said: “The project started as a low-key discussion about how we could celebrate women from this region in a way which would mark the centenary of International Women’s Day.” The company were flooded with nominations from proud colleagues, family members and friends of inspirational women.

Deborah added “We really are thrilled with the level of nominations we received and are looking forward to the project helping us to raise a significant amount of money for a female-specific cancer charity.”

Left: Gabrielle Neal (Chair of Eastern Committee of Eve Appeal) with Deborah Watson, of Lexia Media

Featured in the book and the chair of Eve Appeal East Anglia, is Gabrielle Neal. She said: “I am delighted to have been asked to feature in a very flattering book celebrating what I, and I suspect ninety-nine others, thought was just a case of ‘getting on with life and doing something we each enjoy’.

“In 2008, my life was brought into sharp focus with the diagnosis of endometrial cancer. Having undergone a successful radical hysterectomy, I was eager to find a way of ensuring that other women would receive the advice and help needed in order to get an early diagnosis of any one of the five gynae cancers. That led me to the Eve Appeal and I am delighted that the funds from this book will assist that cause.”

The book is now available to buy by contacting Lexia Media by emai info@lexiamedia.co.uk. Proceeds from each book that is sold will be given to the Eve Appeal, the gynaecology research fund.

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