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Pink Shoe Summer Diary

Pink Shoe Club takes a well-deserved rest from events during August, with just a couple of intimate member-only happenings. But when we're not on holiday somewhere amazing, we still find time to pop along to a couple of special parties hosted by our friends.

Summer Garden Party

Huge thanks to Julia & Peter Bowles for their marvellous summer garden party in stunning Stanley Gardens in Notting Hill, in aid of Save the Children and organised by Julia and her family.

The weather was kind to us as we wandered through the beautiful trees and flowers, supped pink Champagne and enjoyed lots of nibbles and scrummy mini fairy cakes made by the talented and lovely Hetty.

The evening was a success all around as £1000 was raised for the charity, so thank you also to PSC members for your generous donations, which contributed to this total.


An interesting evening was hosted by UPS and WPO at BAFTA in Piccadilly, as Helene Martin Gee was invited by uber entrepreneur Deb Leary, founder of Forensic Pathways and President of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs.

After a fascinating insight into logistics for London 2012 from Cindy Miller, MD of UPS UK, we heard a detailed presentation on the history and aims of the WPO from founder Marsha Firestone, and insights from various London chapter members; then each of us introduced ourselves to the group.

Deb was as welcoming and lively as ever, and there were lots of wonderful business women present. After formalities there was time to mingle over Pol Roger and canap├ęs in the stunning BAFA rooms, meeting new people and catching up with contacts, as well as enjoying the displays featuring different aspects of the Olympics.

Pink Shoes on the Terrace

In wonderful summer sunshine Pink Shoe members were hosted by Jill Pay and Helene Martin Gee on the terrace of the House of Lords for our annual Pimms luncheon.

Members swapped summer holiday tales and plans, and we all talked excitedly about the memorable London 2012 which exceeded all expectations.

PSC Patron Tessa Sanderson covered the whole games for Jamaican TV and promises to tell us more, and we can’t wait to hear from member Vanda Green who is a volunteer at the Paralympics.

Helene announced some of the Club’s exciting plans for the autumn, as well as the formation of the Pink Shoe Senate which is to be chaired by Jill Pay, thus strengthening the group’s ongoing strategy and of course its links to Parliament. Helene also called for final nominations for the Pink Shoe Icon Awards, as the closing date is fast approaching.

Members were joined by the latest Pink Protege, Annabelle Miles, a recent Politics graduate who will be supporting PSC as an Intern alongside her work with St Mungo’s charity.

Over lunch we shared lots of business ideas and opportunities, enjoying animated conversation and a lovely afternoon watching the riverboats go by.

Many thanks to Edyta, Anna, the chefs and terrace team for a super lunch and for looking after us so well.