Mothers of Hillsborough disaster victims presented with Women of the Year Award by Theresa May

A group of mothers who campaigned tirelessly on behalf of victims of the Hillsborough tragedy have been honoured at the Women of the Year Awards.

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, accepted a special award from Prime Minister Theresa May on behalf of the all the women who fought for justice for victims of the crush.

Mrs Aspinall's 18-year-old son James was one of the 96 people who died in the disaster.

"I remember years ago thinking women weren't as strong as men - I think they've proved an awful lot they're a lot stronger in some ways," Mrs Aspinall told ITV News.

"We all think of our loved ones each day. So to me, this is not a celebration as such, this is recognition of those 96, to me, which is more important."

A number of high-profile women also attended the ceremony in London to lend their support to the women.

Judy Murray, mother of Scottish world number two tennis champion Andy Murray, told ITV News: "Women are not always great at shouting about what they do.

"So many people do so many great things, and it largely flies under the radar and that's why in the case of the Hillsborough families it was such a long and tough fight and they never gave up."

After years of trying to find out the truth about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their loved ones at Hillsborough, the group of women were vindicated this year, when an inquest ruled that the victims were unlawfully killed.

A jury also said it was satisfied that David Duckenfield, the police officer in charge of crowd safety on the day of the disaster, was "responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence" due to a breach of his duty of care.