Rotherham woman secures National Lottery cash for ‘Great Girlie Gala’

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A Rotherham woman helping other to build their self-esteem has received a £9,000 National Lottery grant.

Julie Hampshire, who runs Girlie Gatherings - life coaching and social events held at The Dearnesman in Wath-upon-Dearne and Wickersley Library, once a month - will use the money to put on a free a ‘Great Girlie Gala’ in Clifton Park on Saturday, March 12 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Julie, a life coach from Brampton Bierlow, said she was forced to ‘practice what she preached’ when the father of her son died suddenly.

“I had already been delivering life coaching to adults but was particularly good at working with women and helping them to better balance the different areas of their lives. When Dave died I needed to create a business that would let me to be there for my son, enable me to earn a living and also allow me to remain strong and focused on the positives myself,” she said.