Monday, 9 May 2011

Sophie's in the running

Sophie Boden, from our private property team, has been nominated for a prestigious community award.

She's been named in the Special Young Person category in this year's Pride of Shropshire Awards, and was nominated by her father, Calvin.

"Sophie has recognised a need for women to feel safe and more confident, while making new friends," he said. "So, at the age of 19, she gained £5,000 funding, and organised five, six-week self-defence courses for women only, across Telford. While the money paid for the costs, she has spent three months of her own time setting this up and a further six weeks running the classes.

"She has done all this while helping me to look after my 15-year-old daughter - her sister - and holding down a full-time job in the process."

Sophie attracted over 250 people to her first course, leading to the launch of a permanent class for women which launched last month.

She said: "I wanted to set up the classes because I do strongly believe that we can cut the amount of successful violent and sexual attacks against women by giving women the basic knowledge and confidence that they need to defend themselves."

Sophie will find out if she's won the award at a special ceremony at Shrewbsury Town Football Club's Greenhous Meadow stadium in July. The Pride of Shropshire Awards are run by the Shropshire Star, in conjunction with Shropshire Council, dairy giant Muller, and a host of other local sponsors.

Pic: Sophie Boden who has been nominated for a Pride of Shropshire award