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Lulu wins an award to shout about

Singer Lulu and charity campaigner Katie Piper have been recognised as Women of the Year.

The pair were among five award-winners at the 56th annual Women of the Year Lunch, held at the Intercontinental Hotel in London.

Lulu won the Sacla' Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, while Katie Piper, who rebuilt her life after an acid attack in 2008, won the Sainsbury's Women of the Year "You Can" Award.

Other winners were Egyptian novelist Dr Nawal El Saadawi; a team of six medical professionals who treated injured and wounded military personnel and civilians; and a childminder who devoted her life to looking after able-bodied and disabled children.

"When I attended the Women of the Year Lunch last year I was so moved by the amazing women I met and the inspiring work they do in their communities, nationwide and indeed worldwide," said Lulu, who is currently starring in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing.

"To be invited back again as a winner is beyond my wildest expectations and I am both humbled and thrilled. What I have learned is that when women roll up their sleeves, there is no end to what we can achieve."

Katie Piper, 28, said: "This is particularly special coming from so many inspiring women. It means a lot to me to have such support and encouragement along my journey, from women I admire."

The Barclays Women of the Year Award was given to six medical professionals who have treated wounded military personnel and civilians.

They were consultant nurse Debby Edwards, trauma sister Victoria Mulleady, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist Kate Sherman, Sergeant Lauren Odell, Commander Sarah Stapley and clinical specialist occupational therapist Sarah Winters.

The team largely works out of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) and at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.

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