The Women Who Make a Difference Awards held this week in Bristol has chosen a local LGBT volunteer amongst those women they deem to have made great contributions to the communities in which they live.
Laura Welti, 51, of Easton, was honoured for her volunteer work for Bristol Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual forum to promote equality.
She told the Bristol Evening Post “I was a bit embarrassed and surprised but it’s a great event.”
The Forum was established in October 1994 and is dedicated to challenging the discrimination that lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience and is committed to working with the local lesbian, gay and bisexual community to lobby Bristol City Council for a fair deal for the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities
The event also gave awards to volunteers from the Terrence Higgins Trust West, which supports people living with HIV or AIDS.
More than 40 women were nominated for this year’s awards. The numbers of names put forward have grown since its launch in 1999. Some were awarded for their volunteer work and others for providing an inspiration to other women. There were women at the ceremony who are working as environment champions to improve the quality of life for local people.