A HEALTH charity could soon be £10,000 richer thanks to an award by the University of Bolton.

The SheInspires Awards, now in their eighth year, will this year have a new category to honour women in Health and Medical Services.

This will be open to professionals in all areas of healthcare including nursing, general practice, surgery and the ambulance service and the winner will receive the cash award for a health charity of her choice.

Awards’ organiser Gulnaz Brennan said: “This is a wonderful opportunity not only to highlight individuals but for health charities across Bolton and the North West to take advantage of the university’s great generosity.

“They could receive this very useful sum possibly via someone who already champions their cause. So we’re urging all health charities to encourage their professional supporters to enter the awards to give them a chance to receive this large cash boost.”

Prof George Holmes, university vice chancellor,said: “The pandemic has demonstrated the incredible value of everyone who works in the UK healthcare sector.

“When it comes to medical care, these professionals are totally dedicated and they embark on this type of career to help others.

“The university is proud to pledge an award of £10,000 to the winner of the next SheInspires 2022 Awards’ category for health and medical services. This will allow the exceptional winner of the category to donate the money to a health charity of their choice.”

He added: “With its newly-formed Postgraduate School of Medicine, the University is committed to support the health sector at a time when it has never been more important to recruit a high calibre of health professionals across the UK.

“This pioneering collaboration between the university and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust will bring sustainable jobs and prosperity to the community.”

The university is already taking part in the joint venture to create a ground-breaking Bolton College of Medical Science.

It is partnering with Bolton Council, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Bolton College for the new state-of-the-art vocational and professional skills’ training facility, based at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

The SheInspires Awards have regional, national and international categories and highlight the work of women – and men – in a variety of fields. To find out more and to enter go to http://sheinspiresawards.com/