Wise Woman Award

Katharine Gray – friendfirst Director wins Business Award – March 2012

The Wise Women Awards is an event that celebrates the achievements of Christian Women in the church and wider society and is organised by Wisdom for Women International in association with Keep The Faith magazine. The spectacular award ceremony took place on March 17th, 2012 at the London Hilton Paddington Hotel.

Katharine won for the award for her involvement with so many singles’ lives and the resulting successes friendsfirst has had – nearly 200 marriages and many babies born, including triplets, as a result. A short video of the highlights of the evening can be viewed here. You can see more pictures on our facebook page and read the blog account of the evening here. A video done by the organisers of the event can be viewed here.

Katharine was completley overwhelmed as the winner of the Business Category award was announced and took to the stage to receive the award amidst much applause. There was much laughter as she explained how her enthusiam for marrying people off had not declined in the 12 years of running friendsfirst.

She thinks she also won the award because her faith has always been at the heart of the business and has shaped how she has run it. She is committed to furthering God’s Kingdom, and her belief is that if Christians aren’t given the opportunity to meet other Christians they risk meeting and marrying non-Christians – with consequential falling away from the faith. Even though she got married myself four and a half years ago, her commitment to single people has not wavered.

Here’s what members said on hearing the news:-

 

“That’s fantastic news.  Well done, Katherine, for all your hard work.  And for your able team of assistants too. Best wishes. ”

(Norma  – Tech Info Manager)

“Many congratulations Katherine and may God continue to bless your ministry for single people.  I haven’t been blessed with a Christian husband yet….. but I wait on the Lord in hope and trust and perseverance & anticipation. I declare His word Psalm 27 over my life that i will live to see the goodness of God in my life! God bless you,”

(Anne)

Congratulations Katharine…. I am delighted for you. I am praying that I will meet a good Christian man one day.  I have been widowed for 11 years .  All in God’s gift.  Bless you for all the wonderful work friendsfirst has achieved.

(Janine 40 widowed writer)

“Congratulations on this wonderful award! I am so pleased for you.”

(Diana)

“Firstly congratulations on your award Katharine – you deserve it. I’m also ringing to say I think I’ve found the lovely person I’ve been looking for. She’s so lovely, so considerate. We can’t stop talking. She’s so attentive to everything. It’s been 20 years since I’ve had that sort of conversation with anyone. She’s very intelligent, very concerned about things and she says all the right things. She thinks I’m lovely too. It’s early days but I’m very happy.”

(William – Retired)

“I’m really impressed with the expansion of your business. You really do deserve that Wise Woman Award Katharine. I find you so easy to talk to and you’re so experienced in what you do. It was only after I’d joined all the other agencies did I truly appreciate how good you are and how much better friends1st is than all the rest”

(Kevin by phone )

“Well done on winning the award.  You really deserve it and it’s right to give thanks to the Lord as well!   God bless”

(Jean,  support worker)

So pleased to hear the news about the Wise Women Award. I am delighted that Katharines work as Director of Friends First is getting appropriate recognition.

(Revd Barrie)

“Congratulations Katharine…. I am delighted for you. I am praying that I will meet a good Christian man one day.  I have been widowed for 11 years .  All in God’s gift.  Bless you for all the wonderful work friendsfirst has achieved.”

(Janine -writer)

“Many congratulations Katherine and may God continue to bless your ministry for single people.  I haven’t been blessed with a Christian husband yet….. but I wait on the Lord in hope and trust and perseverance & anticipation. I declare His word Psalm 27 over my life that I will live to see the goodness of God in my life!  God bless you.”

(Monica, Charity worker)

“Many congratulations on winning the christian business award what a great achievement!”

(Gillian- Music Examiner)

Many congratulations on winning the Christian business award what a great achievement!

(Gillian 66 widowed Music Examiner)

Congratulations! Your vision has been rewarded  – in style!  Although not a friendsfirst member anymore, I continue to receive your emails – and this was a delightful one to receive. Well done – and blessings on all that lies ahead.

(Emma 44 single playworker)

‘Thank you for the information .. interesting reading … and congratulation to YOU for ‘The Wise Women Awards’.  Well deserved!! Thank you for all you do for us.

(anon)

Hello Katharine I just wanted to say a big heart felt congratulations for winning the Award you really deserve it, well done with Christian love

(Audrey 76 Beauty consultant)

“  Although not a friendsfirst member anymore, I continue to receive your emails – and this was a delightful one to receive. Well done – and blessings on all that lies ahead. Well done it is an incredible achievement.  I am delighted in your success.”

(Maggs)

“Wonderful news and huge congrats to Katharine with all she has done, with our Lords help and glory too.”

(Catherine)

“Congratulations that is great news. Well done.

(Sarah – retired Social Worker)

“Congratulations, it is indeed an achievement ! You have a wonderful ministry. Praise the Lord ”

(Monica, Charity worker)

“What a wonderful achievement – we give thanks for you. Many blessings”

(Stan)

“Thank you for the information .. interesting reading … and congratulation to YOU for ‘The Wise Women Awards’.  Well deserved!! Thank you for all you do for us.”

(Sheila)

“Thanks for sending this! Well done, that is absolutely brilliant! I spoke with Kay this evening and she said how much you have done for Friends First over the years so it is great that your talent has been rewarded in this way! ”

(Pete 54 single software support engineer)

“Well done, that is absolutely brilliant! I spoke with Kay this evening and she said how much you have done for Friends First over the years so it is great that your talent has been rewarded in this way! ”

(Pete – software support engineer)

“WELL DONE and CONGRATULATIONS Katharine, God bless you. Thank you for all you do for us.”

(Sheila)

“Congratulations, it is indeed an achievement ! You have a wonderful ministry.Praise the Lord”

(Monica 69 Single Charity worker)

Well done for winning the WWA it is an incredible achievement.  I am delighted in your success.

[Maggs]

“Congratulations! Well done.”

(Gordon)

“Well done on winning the award.  You really deserve it and it’s right to give thanks to the Lord as well! God Bless

(Jean 49 single support worker)

WATCHED the video of your winning the WWA – proud to be part of this venture.  Congratulations on this wonderful award! I am so pleased for you.

[Diana]

“Well done, you deserve it. keep up the good work, God bless you

(anon)

Congratulations that is great news. Well done.  I contacted friends first a long time ago now. I’m still single, hoping and praying to meet a good Christian man.

(Sarah 76 widowed retired Social Worker)

“Wonderful news and huge congrats to Katharine with all she has done, with our Lords help and glory too.”

(Catherine )

“Well done, you deserve it.keep up the good work, God bless you.”

(Pete – software support engineer)

Congratulations on winning the Wise Woman Award! Well done.

(Gordon)

“Well done Katharine You really deserve this award as you have just the right approach to encouraging us all to meet up.”

(Gordon) 

“So pleased to hear the news about the Wise Women Award. I am delighted that Katharines work as Director of Friends First is getting appropriate recognition.”

(Revd Barrie Roberts)

“Congratulations! Your vision has been rewarded  – in style!  Although not a friendsfirst member anymore, I continue to receive your emails – and this was a delightful one to receive. Well done – and blessings on all that lies ahead.

(Emma  -playworker)

‘I send my congratulations to you for the wonderful work you have done in this sphere of our lives.   God Bless you.  I am still believing !’

(Jan 73 single NHS Manager)

WELL DONE and CONGRATULATIONS Katharine, God bless you

(anon)

To God be the glory for everything that He has done.

[Mary]

“To God be the glory for everything that He has done.”

(Mary)

“Very proud of you, you are my 1st class friend.Viewed the video recently it was fantastic.  Keep your hard work on and God will give you further wisdom and courage and understanding. as you know God is greater.  My love to Charles, tell him from me to continue being a good husband. Always stay bless.”

(Gordon)

“What a wonderful achievement – we give thanks for you. Many blessings”

(Stan)

“Very proud of you, you are my 1st class friend. Viewed the video recently it was fantastic.  Keep your hard work on and God will give you further wisdom and courage and understanding. as you know God is greater.   My love to Charles, tell him from me to continuing being a good husband. Always stay bless.”

(Gordon)

That’s fantastic news.  Well done, Katherine, for all your hard work.  And for your able team of assistants too.  Best wishes

(Norma 57 divorced Tech Info Manager)

“Well done Katharine, You really deserve this award as you have just the right approach to encouraging us all to meet up. ”

(Gordon)

” I WATCHED the video and proud to be part of this venture.”

(Jackie  – Accountant)

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