Lancashire's first female Asian mayor was named Woman of the year at this year’s Fusion Awards.

The Fusion Awards were held on Saturday July 6 at King George’s Hall, Blackburn attracting volunteers, charity workers and sporting talent from across the North West.

Cllr Hasina Khan of Chorley was also the first Asian woman to serve as a councillor in the region back in 2006.

Hasina moved to Chorley from India in the mid-60s with her mother to meet her father who was working in the mills.

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Cllr Khan was presented the award by Asjad Hussain of AMT Lawyers

In the mid to late nineties, Hasina trained as a Youth Officer working for Lancashire County Council. She went on to manage the advice centre for young people and trained at Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) as a generalist advisor and first outreach officer.

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In 2015 Hasina was awarded the High Sheriff Award by, the then High Sheriff, Amanda Parker.

The award follows 13 years of work as the chair and founder of the Saheliyaan Asian Women’s Forum, a group setup to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and vulnerable women.

Speaking on the night she said, “She said, “It is a great honour to be here today. I am absolutely delighted to win the award.

“This is dedicated to all the women in Lancashire.”