Does Hansel have its second Scotswoman of the year?

Last updated: 10.52pm, Tuesday 22nd January 2013 by

Our Director of Client Services, Blanche Nicolson, has been shortlisted for the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year award. This is the 50th year of this prestigious award making Blanche's nomination especially apt in Hansel's 50th anniversary year especially as her mother, Isobel Murdoch, was Scotswoman of the year in 1967.

Isobel and her husband, Tom had another daughter, Lindy, whose learning difficulty prompted them to found Hansel to ensure her future, and that of her peers, was as secure and fulfilling as possible. 50 years later people with learning difficulties still benefit from their vision and determination. It has been an extraordinary journey, with the social care landscape changing beyond expectations. People with learning difficulties now have the same rights, choices and responsibilities as other people. Hansel is proud to have been part of this.

Blanche Nicolson has continued the family tradition of caring with courage, energy and commitment. As well as being the main supporter of Lindy after they lost their parents, Blanche took up the torch for Hansel - first as a non-executive Board member, and later taking on an executive care role. Blanche acts tirelessly (or at least endlessly!) in the interests of the people Hansel works for - always going the extra mile when she is needed and always making sure that the people we support are firmly at the heart of the organisation and each of our services.

There are five other women shortlisted - making up 'six of the best' - all very worthy of the title Scotswoman of the Year, but whatever the outcome Blanche Nicolson is Hansel Woman of the Year – this year and every year!