Newton Mearns resident wins Amazing Lifetime Inspiration Award

Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw and East Renfrewshire, MP Paul Masterton have congratulated local resident, Elaine Holmes on winning the Amazing Lifetime Inspiration Award at the No.1 Amazing Women Awards in Glasgow.

 

Elaine, who lives in Newton Mearns, was jointly awarded the top prize at the event alongside Renfrew based, Olive McIlroy who both founded the Scottish Mesh Survivors campaign group.

 

The local MSP and MP have praised Elaine for her heroic efforts in leading the Scottish Mesh Survivors and for fighting to ensure justice for all of the women who have suffered the devastating consequences of mesh.

 

Mr Carlaw and Mr Masterton attended the event in support of constituent Elaine and were seated at the same table for the awards ceremony. The MSP and MP have submitted motions at Holyrood and Westminster so that both parliaments formally commend the achievement.

 

Surgical vaginal mesh implants have been used to treat conditions Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Many women in Scotland are known to have suffered life changing injuries after undergoing mesh surgery and last September, an immediate halt to mesh procedures was announced at the Scottish Parliament by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

 

Jackson Carlaw MSP for Eastwood said:

 

“From the moment I first met Elaine, she has shown an unshakeable determination to achieve justice for all of the women who have undergone a damaging mesh procedure and provided exceptional leadership throughout.

 

“Elaine is a credit to Eastwood and I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this award.”

 

Paul Masterton MP for East Renfrewshire stated:

 

“Since my election in June 2017, the issue of faulty mesh implants has been one of the major issues I have pursued at Westminster.

 

“I was delighted to be there in person to witness Elaine win the Amazing Lifetime Inspiration Award. It is well deserved recognition of everything that she has achieved so far.”

 

Elaine Holmes added:

 

“As a constituent of Jackson and Paul, my husband Jeff and I cannot thank them enough for their empathy and support for mesh victims everywhere.”

 

Notes To Editors:

 

Elaine Holmes sitting to Jackson’s right in the photograph.

 

Jackson Carlaw MSP motion to the Scottish Parliament:

 

Motion Number: S5M-16246
Lodged By: Jackson Carlaw
Date Lodged: 08/03/2019

Title: Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy Achieve Lifetime Inspiration Award

Motion Text: That the Parliament congratulates, Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy, who founded the Scottish Mesh Survivors Campaign group, on winning the top prize, the Amazing Lifetime Inspiration Award, at the No.1 Amazing Women Awards held at the Old Fruit Market in Glasgow on 7 March 2019; acknowledges that this is the second annual No.1 Amazing Women Awards and that the purpose of the event is to celebrate the achievements of incredible women in Scotland; commends Elaine, who is resident in Eastwood, and Olive for their heroic efforts in leading the Scottish Mesh Survivors campaign and fighting to ensure justice for all of the women in Scotland who have suffered the consequences of damaging mesh procedures; agrees that they are an outstanding choice for the Amazing Lifetime Inspiration Award, and congratulates them on yet another well-deserved achievement.

 

Paul Masterton MP motion to the UK Parliament:

 

Motion Number: EDM #2167
Lodged By: Paul Masterton
Date Lodged: 11/03/2019

 

Title: Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy – Amazing Lifetime Inspiration Award

 

Motion Text: That this House congratulates Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy, who founded the Scottish Mesh Survivors Campaign group, on winning the Amazing Lifetime Inspiration Award, at the No.1 Magazine Amazing Women Awards held at the Old Fruit Market in Glasgow on 7 March 2019; acknowledges that this is the second annual No.1 Magazine Amazing Women Awards and that the purpose of the event is to celebrate the achievements of incredible women in Scotland; commends Elaine and Olive for their heroic efforts in leading the Scottish Mesh Survivors campaign and fighting to ensure justice for all of the women in Scotland who have suffered the consequences of damaging mesh procedures; agrees that they are an outstanding choice for the Amazing Lifetime Inspiration Award, and congratulates them on yet another well-deserved achievement.