Emily and Kim have been shortlisted for the Professional Service Award at the Variety Catherine Awards and so tonight they are off to the Grosvenor House where, along with 8 other categories which aim to highlight professional achievements across a range of sectors, they will be judged.
Helena Morrissey CBE, who has just announced her latest book – clearly a very busy woman and one of the most influential women in the City – will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award and will join the judging panel as well. The judging panel includes Jasmine Buttar, Business and Economics Unit Editor BBC; Charlotte Crosswell, CEO NASDAQ; Sahar Hashemi OBE, Co Founder of Coffee Republic; Cilla Snowball CBE, CEO AMV BBDO; Charlotte Ross, Deputy Editor of Evening Standard and Debbie Wosscow OBE, CEO of LoveHome Swap.
The Variety Catherine Award is so named because the Variety Children’s Charity – founded in 1927 when 11 people involved in show business set up a social club which they named the Variety Club. On Christmas Eve 1928, a baby was left on the steps of the Sheridan Square Film Theatre, with a note reading: ‘Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show business people and pray to God that you will look after her. Signed, a heartbroken mother.’ Since efforts to trace the mother failed, the members of the Variety Club named the child Catherine Variety Sheridan, after the club and the theatre on whose steps she was found, and undertook to fund the child’s living expenses and education. Later the club decided to raise funds for other disadvantaged children…
We at Aldrich have our fingers crossed for Emily and Kim tonight, wish all the nominees the best of luck and will keep you posted!