Wednesday 8 March heralded a collaboration between Fortis Therapy and Training and Stokes Tea and Coffee celebrating International Women’s Day – but with a twist.
The organisers wanted to break the mould, and bring something new to Lincoln by way of an inclusive, fun & impactful charity event rather than something more traditional, raising money for three local charities – The O’Flynn Foundation, Just Lincolnshire and Edan Lincs.
With International Women’s Day and people around the globe focusing on embracing equity this year, this event addressed empowerment in the modern day, celebrating diversity and inclusion, with an opportunity to openly discuss mental health, modern-day issues and the world’s changing perspectives, all while celebrating together.
The event was held at The Blue Room with Magnus The Scandi Chef producing three phenomenal courses of Michelin style cuisine and featuring entertainment by the fabulous Celine Begone, a celebrated drag artist.
Celine later joined other panel members on stage to take part in a lively and interesting discussion, hosted by Alexis Powell-Howard (TEDx Speaker and Fortis Managing Director). The panel included Jess Morgan, the marketing and PR guru manager at Rapha UK, Flt Lt Alun Pepper, Senior Leadership Instructor at RAF Cranwell, a Tornado navigator, pilot of the Lancaster on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and finally and by no means least, Kerrin Wilson the former Assistant Chief Constable at Lincolnshire Police, hostage negotiator, and founder of the GLOW network in Lincoln.
The event was made even more celebratory by the support of local small businesses Santa Maria, who made the venue look stunning, Alex and Ollie from Hebb and Griff, who caught all the action on camera, and Karis Hildred of Stokes, ensuring the event ran smoothly.
Alexis and the Fortis team then further collaborated with the O’Flynn Foundation to co-host another International Women’s Day event, this time at Healing Manor Grimsby, where Alexis was a speaker on Thursday 9 March. Across the two events hundreds of pounds have been raised for local charities.