North Coast and Ballymena edition October 2018

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Letter from the Editor


Kim Kelly
Managing Editor

Over my years at Local Women I’ve met some pretty remarkable people.

It’s amazing just how many brave ladies have stepped forward and publicly shared their very personal stories with us in a bid to help other people who might be going through something similar.

I find the women who share their stories with us so inspirational but often I wonder what happened to them next. How did their story end? Did they get their happy ever after?

So, I was delighted to read about Leona Rankin’s good news. The Coleraine solicitor’s story is a familiar one to Local Women readers. Leona lost her beloved fiancé Philip Wilson when he died after a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer.

Leona channelled her grief into setting up the Boom Foundation charity in memory of her fiancé and over the past few years has raised over half a million pounds to help others.

Over the years the charity has continued in Philip’s name and has helped families across Northern Ireland.

And now it’s time for a new beginning for Leona and 2019 is shaping up to be a big year. She is expecting a baby and planning a wedding, but as she looks to the future the work of The Boom Foundation continues. Congratulations from all of us at Local Women, Leona.

Also in this month’s magazine, alongside our usual mix of local social events and fashion, it’s the last chance for you to enter the Firmus Energy/Local Women Awards.

We want as many of you as possible to enter these awards and get the recognition you deserve. This year everyone’s favourite local woman May McFettridge will host our gala event on April 13 at the Europa Hotel – so get entering!

Until next month,

Kim Kelly, Editor

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