Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha attend the Mind Media Awards and present the Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero Award
OUR VERY OWN ANDREA AND NADIA PRESENTED THE FIRST LOOSE WOMEN LIGHTEN THE LOAD AWARD AT LAST NIGHT’S MIND MEDIA AWARDS TO LEEANNE TOMLINSON
Last night our very own Andrea and Nadia rubbed shoulders with royalty as they attended the Mind Media Awards to present our winner Leeanne Tomlinson with her award. The Lighten the Load Hero award is given to someone who has gone to extraordinary lengths to be there for a loved one, friend or colleague who is living with a mental health problem. Leeanne was nominated by her friend Susan Kirlew as a thank you for Leeanne’s care and compassion through her dark times.
The painful experience of losing a grandchild contributed to a deterioration in Susan’s mental health. It was Leeanne, Susan’s colleague, who was her absolute rock during these incredibly difficult times. Although decades younger than Susan, the two have formed a close friendship and Susan credits Leeane with a wisdom and maturity beyond her years.
Nadia said, ‘to recognise when somebody at work is having mental health issues and those little things had a huge impact on Susan’s life and she said she would have left her job and that really appealed to us’.