THE woman who set up Moray Business Women’s Club and the brains behind last year’s chosen charity have been honoured in a list that recognises inspirational women in Scotland.
The Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) have chosen Alison Kearney and Lucy Lintott for their Women of Inspiration of Honours List for 2016.
Alison was nominated by members of the MBWC which she set up in 2006 and she said she didn’t believe it when she received an email saying she had been chosen: “I knew nothing about the nomination until I received an email for the ASB. To start with, I actually thought it was a hoax or some kind of scam.”
She added: “As I realised that it was genuine, I wondered what I had done to be nominated.”
Alison who is Head of Business Growth with Highlands and Islands Enterprise was nominated for her work in setting up MBWC 10 years ago and for her commitment over the years.
She set up the club after identifying a need for it as she explained: “At the time there were no clubs for women, so I thought I would just set up my own. I contacted about 30 women that I thought it would appeal to and 16 turned up to the first meeting. That formed the first committee. The club has never looked back and there must still be need for it as it’s growing.”
Speaking about the honour, Alison added: “It means so much because it has come from my peers. To be nominated by local people and to then get that recognition nationally is something. I have had so many kind comments and well-wishers, I just want to thank everyone who has taken the time to get in touch.”
Lucy Lintott was nominated by MBWC for the accolade after setting up Lucy’ Fight which the club chose as its 2015 charity.
Lucy was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013 and one of her bucket list challenges was to raise £100,000 for MND Scotland. With a £9,000 donation from MBWC, Lucy recently reached her target.
Speaking of her Inspirational Woman nomination she said: “It feels unreal, I can’t believe it and I’m so honoured that people thought of me. It reassures me that I’m doing the right thing and I took the right path. Although I have reached my £100,000 target, I’ll carry on raising awareness and funds.”