Celebrating Bude’s wonderful women …

We asked you for nominations for local, inspirational women and here they are.

It was not a competition but a chance, on International Women’s Day, to thank just a few of those women who beaver away, often behind the scenes, who do not court publicity, but are nonetheless doing great work for our community … a huge thank you to these amazing local role models.

For any woman who is a good mother, sister, daughter, friend, confidante, partner, or just generally good person, wishing you good things on International Women’s Day. If you are a woman who is struggling and needs to feel the strength of sisterhood, then this is also for you.

We’ve had quite a few nominations …

Heather Mikes said:  I would like to nominate Sue Jarvis for her tireless work at Bude Foodbank.  She has not stopped throughout lockdown despite suffering loss herself during this time she kept serving the community.

Huge thanks to Sue – amazing work – and we are so sorry for your loss. So many rely on the Foodbank, even more so during the pandemic.

The tireless Sue who has worked to help others throughout the pandemic

Emma Woodhouse nominated Debi Jory:

This lady Debi Jory is an inspirational role model. She has a heart full of love and will help and take time for anyone. Her job is a carer but in her spare time she is always fundraising and selling items to help numerous charities. During Covid she has been helping anyway she can, from buying groceries for the elderly to providing transport so they can go and get their jab. She always has a smile on her face and such a positive attitude for life.

Well done, Debi. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.



Debi Jory


Di Hill nominated Carolyn Seager:


She is truly an inspirational woman who inspires everyone she meets. Her strength of character and integrity is what makes her a role model for all of us. Throughout these 12 months she has been my rock, supporting me through some tough times at work and always showing me that there is a better world out there.
She always puts others before herself, even when she is struggling through her own personal dramas, and she throws 110% of herself into every project facing her.
 If we, as women, could be even half as amazing as Carolyn, then, maybe, the world would recognise just how much women have contributed to society.
I am proud to call her my friend.
Exactly the kind of friend and colleague we all need. And our love goes out to Carolyn who recently lost her beautiful Labrador, Bella.

Jo Sheppard said she would 100% like to nominate Kim Gouldson, saying:

She puts EVERYONE before herself, not just Allan, her children, grandchildren, but anyone who asks for help. Kim has tirelessly fund raised for local charities like Light Up Bude but more recently the local branch of MND. Life is not easy, but she greets each day with a smile and carries on. Definitely well loved by many and truly inspirational.

She certainly is unstoppable, as her recent sponsored walk testified. Kim is an inspiration.

Kim Gouldson

She adds:

And another fabulous lady is Steph Jones-Giles … hard working, caring, helpful and fund raiser for great causes. Since moving to Bude she’s embraced the community spirit and helps out where she can.

Steph is another woman with immense energy and commitment to the cause, in this case, Animal Free Research.

This is an old one of Steph, before her sponsored slim for Animal Free Research in 2015 …

Finally, Jo adds Clair Roberts who is …hard working, cheerful, dedicated to Bude and lover of all things 1940s. Another inspirational lady who has tirelessly raised money for local causes.

Of course, Clair was the organiser of the highly successful Bude at War event, which involved more work than we can imagine and was truly memorable. Go, Clair!

Only photo I have – Clair Roberts (left) and Annie Creo at one of Clair’s events.

Meanwhile, Julie Martin wrote in to say:

My shout out for a special woman goes to Sandra Dumas. She always goes the extra mile when showing caring to her clients. She supported us all when my daughter went through treatment for ovarian cancer, researching therapies for her tinnitus from chemo. Then she supported us again when my daughter-in-law got diagnosed with lymphoma. When I then became poorly, she was there once again. She messages, sends virtual energy and always puts others before herself even in lockdown. The kindest, loveliest lady I’m proud to call a friend.

Sandra sounds a lovely person to know and a great friend, too (not to be underestimated).

Sandra Dumas

Sandra Dumas, in turn, has nominated a few, too:

Gen Pearson – she does a lot for the Refill shop and anything she can help with.
Of course Kim Gouldson (again) who never stops.
Sarah Penny for her work with the Talan’s Trust.
And (very kindly, I felt, as today is not about me), Sandra added: yourself, as I feel over the last year, people have not always been kind to you in their comments and yet you still carried on.  
Big thanks for that.

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