Jo Wood – Individual Award Nominee – 2010

When Jo started work at RASA in February 2005 the charity had an annual income of £17,500. RASA had been in existence for almost 20 years but had never managed to get sustainable funding. Jo seemed completely driven by a passion to make things better for survivors of sexual violence. Realising the huge obstacles facing victims who have been raped or abused, Jo has dramatically improved sexual violence services across Merseyside but she faced the biggest challenge of her life this year. Despite the sudden unexplained death of her brother she set aside her grief and despair to help run the Rape Crisis conference days later. Her heart was broken but true to the cause, she handled her duties with dignity and professionalism well beyond the call of duty.