Thomas’ mum lands top woman award
North Belfast woman Penny Holloway has been named BT Woman of the Year for her campaigning work after her 15-year-old son, Thomas Devlin, was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on his way home from a sweet shop.
Penny spent years fighting for justice with great determination, courage and dignity after Thomas’s death on the Somerton Road in 2005. The family also set up the Thomas Devlin Fund which aims to help young people see the futility of violence.
The gala evening, which was organised by the Belfast Telegraph, also saw Penny awarded Mum of the Year, sponsored by Irwin’s Bakery.
Exceptional women of achievement from all walks of life attended the Ramada Hotel for the prestigious event.
Hugh Black, centre manager at Victoria Square, said: “These awards are unique in recognising the many talented and inspirational women across Northern Ireland and the important role they play in business, tourism, fashion, sport, charities, local communities and family life. This year’s entries highlighted the essential, often unnoticed and thankless work that women across Northern Ireland do.
“Each nominee was a worthy winner and we wish them every success in the future.”
Each winner took home a Belleek Living trophy and jewellery as well as a certificate marking the occasion.