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An Inspiration to Us All

Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Class of 1974, has just received a prestigious Inspiration of the Year Award at a star-studded red carpet ceremony to celebrate motivational figureheads across the UK.

She was given the award by news reader Natasha Kaplinsky as the grand finale to the Hello! Inspiration Awards 2021 earlier this month (October 5 2021).  Lesley Regan was the first woman in 64 years to be elected President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and has worked tirelessly to protect women’s rights and health.

The event at the Corinthia London was attended by an array of celebrities, including actor Elizabeth Hurley, fundraiser and campaigner David Furnish, Sarah Duchess of York, LEH alumna and presenter Nicki Shields, Class of 2004, presenter Lorraine Kelly, singers Alesha Dixon, Rochelle Humes and Fleur East, as well as Radio One DJ Clara Amfo and Countryfile presenter Anita Rani.

Professor Dame Lesley Regan and her team at Wellbeing Women have teamed up with Hello! magazine to launch the Menopause Workplace Pledge – a campaign to encourage employers to sign up to provide better support in the workplace for women going through the menopause.

Women make up nearly half of the UK workforce, but around 900,000 have quit their job because of the menopause.  People often struggle with their menopause symptoms in the workplace and Wellbeing of Women are calling on employers to take positive action to ensure women are better supported. For more information about the campaign, please see their website: www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk/campaigns/menopausepledge

Dame Professor Lesley Regan last visited LEH earlier this year, when she gave an inspirational speech to pupils before handing out prizes at the Celebration of the Year in July.
 

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