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Blind mum in running for TV award

By Amanda Poole

A mother-of-two from Newtownabbey is in the running to win the ITV1 Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year award.

Fiona Storer (49), from New Mossley, was registered blind at 15 — but has never let that hold her back.

She put herself through university, qualified as a social worker and now works as the young carers co-ordinator at the 174 Trust in north Belfast.

In September, viewers of ITV1’s Lorraine TV programme were given the chance to nominate an inspirational woman in their lives.

Fiona’s mother, Ivy Dodds, and some young carers nominated her for the award and she was selected as one of three finalists to go through to a public vote.

Mrs Dodds said Fiona deserves to win as she has been focused on caring for young people since she was a little girl herself.

“I’m so proud of my daughter,” she said. “Fiona makes people have faith in themselves and believe in themselves, and I think that is a wonderful thing.”

Fiona runs a young carers activity project through the 174 Trust for 13 to 21-year-olds who help out at home due to a member of the family having a disability, illness or substance misuse problem.

She will be on the sofa with Lorraine this Wednesday and finds out if she has won at the Women of the Year Lunch on October 17 at the Inter Continental Hotel in London.

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