I feel embarrassed to be writing this. In fact, I haven’t even told my parents or almost anyone to be honest, but I am keen to share the news as I want to raise awareness of the event and the amazing things that welsh women, many of them mothers, are achieving throughout Wales!
In April, I was informed by Chwarae Teg that I’d been nominated and shortlisted for the Rising Star Award in this years Womenspire Awards. If you’ve never heard of Womenspire, it’s an annual event which acknowledges the achievements and successes of inspirational women in Wales and I can’t believe I’m on the shortlist!
This year, over 400 nominations were sent in to Chwarae Teg, out of these the panel chooses 4 women to represent each of the 11 categories. I’ve been shortlisted for the Rising Star award, for supporting and inspiring mums in Wales through Mam Cymru and writing my first ever book; Mam – Croeso i’r Clwb! which was published in March. Over the past few weeks I’ve been interviewed by the friendly panel and then filmed at work, and I’ve kept it all a secret until now! Why?
Well, it’s an absolute honour to be nominated and then chosen by the panel to be amongst the 44 most inspirational women in Wales, but I also feel embarrassed, which is something I’ve not felt since the birth of my daughter almost 6 years ago! Like most mums I do work hard, and juggling Mam Cymru and writing a book alongside a full-time job isn’t easy, but it’s important to me as I want to help and inspire other mums. I also want to be a good role model for my daughter Elsi, after all, she’s my inspiration! But I honestly don’t think I deserve to be shortlisted for an award for sitting here in my pj’s with my laptop! There are so many other women in Wales doing far greater things than me (and that’s not me giving you a cue to say otherwise) I honestly mean it.
Despite feeling embarrassed, I am looking forward to spending time with these amazing women at the awards ceremony in Cardiff on Tuesday night. I think It’s fantastic that Chwarae Teg acknowledges the work of women from all walks of life here in Wales, and I want more people to know about it. I’ll be there representing all the mums in Wales and raising a glass of fizz for you all! I hope that this article inspires you to follow your dreams and just go for it – If I can achieve this in less than a year, you can too! #MamPower
By (an embarrassed) Heulwen Davies, Mam Cymru.