CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH AN ICE MAIDEN! & GIVEAWAY

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH AN ICE MAIDEN! & GIVEAWAY
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Happy International Women’s Day (IWD).  Celebrated throughout the world on 8th March commenorating the movement for women’s rights.  This year the theme for IWD is #pressforchange.  With global activism for women’s equality finally getting the coverage it deserves which has been fuelled by movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, there has never been a more pressing time for change for women.  Indeed the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report notes that gender parity is some 200 years away!

 

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While us women still have a way to go for equality, there are some women making changes and challenging the role of women now.  They are also paving the way for other women to follow.  One group of inspirational women doing just that is the Ice Maidens.  The British Army’s ‘Ice Maiden’ Expedition has become the first all-female team to cross the Antarctica continent from coast-to-coast using muscle power alone.

 

Over 62 days on the ice, the team travelled up to 43 kilometres a day, navigating crevasse fields whilst pulling sledges weighing up to 80kg and battling temperatures as low as -40°C.  The idea for the expedition was to inspire women of all ages and abilities.

 

I am delighted that one of the Ice Maiden’s – Sophie Montagne – took time out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions regarding her recent challenge.  I hope she inspires you as much as she and the rest of the Ice Maidens have me.  Remember to connect with Sophie below on social media and her blog.

 

 

What was your motivation for wanting to take part in the Ice Maiden challenge?

I wanted to escape my desk job, I felt bored and unfulfilled, frustrated with mundane life and I desperately wanted to see Antarctica – a totally unique landscape. I wanted to do something physically and mentally challenging that I would remember for the rest of my life and see if by sharing my experiences I could inspire others to take up a challenge and have the determination to see it through.

 

What were the positives of taking part?

So many, it’s changed my life! But the main thing was the incredible sense of team work and belonging that I had with my 5 team mates. I’ve never met such strong and inspiring women and, although we didn’t know each other before Ice Maiden, by the end I could read them better than my oldest friends. Knowing exactly how to cheer each other up when we were feeling down, or how to motivate each other when we were having a tough day was what made our expedition such a success.

 

What made you smile during the challenge?

My team mate Jenni – she was always dancing on her skis, singing along to Celine Dion and causing mischief and she always, always made me laugh. She’s morale on tap!

 

What challenges did you face during your trek?

We had temperatures as low as -56 degrees Celsius and a storm with 100kph wind that kept us trapped in our tents for 2 days. There was also the risk of falling into a crevasse and, if we were injured, help was a very long way away. Most of all though, it was the endurance – we skied 1,704km from one side of the continent to the other which meant 10 hours of skiing every day for 61 days. That was exhausting and I can safely say that every part of my body hurt!

 

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What did you learn about yourself during and after the challenge?

I learned that I have a lot to give a team, that I’m very easy-going, very positive and a good listener. I also discovered a new confidence – we went from zero polar experience to completing an unguided and unsupported Antarctic crossing. Before us, more people had been to the moon than done that, so I feel that I’ve achieved something really unique.

 

What women inspire you?

Clare Balding is such an awesome role model (and I would love her job!). She is so warm, every generation love her, and she is knowledgeable, successful and pioneering, but with great humility. She has quietly become a national treasure and nobody has a bad word to say about her.

 

If you could give other women 3 pieces of advice, in terms of facing challenges, what would that advice be?

  1. Break your challenge down into manageable chunks. If it’s huge it can seem overwhelming at the start so set short term goals that will give you confidence and a sense of achievement as you go along. This will help build the motivation to reach that ultimate goal.
  2. Sign up! If you don’t put your name into the hat nobody is going to pick you. When I applied for Ice Maiden, along with 250 others, I never dreamed that I had what it takes to make the final team. I thought I’d enjoy the ride until somebody told me to get off the train…and then I found myself in Antarctica! Don’t rule yourself out of a challenge before it’s even begun.
  3. Don’t let people put you off. I’m an optimist and people are always trying to stamp on my dreams! It takes a lot of strength to ignore the doubters and keep believing in your goal, despite the many hardships and setbacks along the way. Never, ever give up because the planning is always the hardest part.

 

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I also asked some bloggers who inspired them and this is what they told me:

 

Vicky from Millie Beach Huts is inspired by Dr Kate Granger, young doctor with a passion for patient care.  At just 29, Dr Granger was diagnosed with cancer.  As a terminally ill cancer patient, she had been informed she may only live for another 14 months. But over the five years post her initial diagnosis, Dr Granger achieved so much. I’ve been humbled and blown away by the courage, pride, commitment, love and dedication she has shown to us all at her most vulnerable times.

 

Chloe from Marble Beauty is inspired by Otegha Uwagba who founded Women Who which is a community for creative, working women Her ‘Little Black Book’ motivates me to work as hard as I can, to build a business for myself!

 

Catalina from Stylish Confidence is inspired by Mihaela Noroc founder of Atlas of Beauty. In a world that cares too much about appearance, Mihaela demonstrates we should forget about set standards.  

 

Kate from Ever After with Kids has been inspired by Rose Mcgowen and the countless other women speaking out and standing up against sexual harassment – so brave to put themselves out there and face torrents of abuse and name calling – but paving the way for a better future for our daughters. 

 

Marie from Restless Soul Adventures is inspired by Katherine Johnson and the many other African-American female mathematicians who worked at NASA in the sixties. Being a techie myself, I see these women as true pioneers for women in technology.

 

Lucie from Call Me Dumpling is inspired by the author and journalist Xinran. In the 90s she had a radio programme in China, documenting the stories of womenpost Cultural Revolution; she later wrote a book based on the lives and experiences of the women she’d encountered on her show. She touches on topics like the one child policy, gender hierarchy, and the lost daughters of China in her novels.

 

Mel from Raise the Waves is inspired by Claudette Colvin. In March 1955 (9 months before Rosa Parks did the same thing) then 15-year-old Claudette refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white person. She was arrested and convicted of violating segregation laws, disturbing the peace and assault.  To have that kind of courage, not only as a teenager but as a black teenager during an extremely racist time in the US, is inspiring and motivating.

 

 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Mountain_Sophie

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Mountain_Sophie 

Blog: sophiemontagne.com

 

 

 

Other blog posts in Why She Inspires Me Series

Why B from Boost My Budget Inspires Me

Why I’m Supporting Female Bloggers

Why Becky from Cuddle Fairy Inspires Me

Why Sarah from Life in a Breakdown Inspires Me

Why Emma from EmmaDrew Inspires Me

Why Gwennan from Twentsomethingmeltdown Inspires Me

Why Francesca from Pennies to Pounds Inspires Me

Why Laura from Mum On A Mission Inspires Me

Why Katy from Katy Kicker Inspires Me

Why Jenna from A Balanced Belly Inspires Me

Why Jordanne from The Life of A Glasgow Girl Inspires Me

Why Michelle from Making Sense of Cents Inspires Me

Why Victoria from Lylia Rose Inspires Me

 

 

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137 Comments

  1. Gemma Cook
    March 8, 2018 / 11:07 am

    My mum inspires me. She is my best friend & because there is only a 17 year age gap we are more like sister’s.
    She is a wonderful mum & excellent grandma.
    Love her to the moon and back!

    • admin
      March 8, 2018 / 11:17 am

      That is so lovely to hear. Thanks for sharing Gemma. Happy International Women’s Day to you and your mum. x

  2. Natalie H
    March 8, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    My mum is inspirational to me – after a devastating stroke she is a survivor!

    • admin
      March 8, 2018 / 2:51 pm

      I’m glad your mum is doing ok. Thank you for sharing. x

  3. Kobi Hensley
    March 8, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    My daughter. She has gone through so much and is still the sweetest, strongest woman I know.

  4. Julie Carwardine
    March 8, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Has to be my mum. She brought me up single handed from the age of 6 and has always been my rock. Now in her 70s with various health issues, she is still amazing and a fantastic nan to my two girls. Plus she is one of the most hilariously funny people there is!

  5. Andrea Fletcher
    March 11, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    My daughter who copes amazingly with my grandson who was born needing a heart operation and is facing another operation in a couple of months.

  6. Tracy Nixon
    March 11, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    Princess Diana inspired me when she was alive x

  7. Kimberly Meadows
    March 11, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    My mum is my inspiration,after my dad took us to Malta back in 1978 and then he abandoned us there,mum was 32 and I was 14 the eldest of 5 kids,She did everything to make sure we stayed together and had an education. I have been home in England for a long time but my mum sisters and brothers all made lives out there despite everything. Mum I love and respect you so much!

  8. Nikki Hayes
    March 11, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    My sister – the family high flyer – with her great job involving regular travel to several other countries :o)

  9. Liam Fitzpatrick
    March 11, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    My sister, at the age of 24 she owns and manages 3 shops! How amazing

  10. March 11, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    My stepdaughter who has MS and is legally blind but still gets out and volunteers at local hospitals to cheer up patients 🙂

  11. Solange
    March 11, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    My mum.

  12. Gloria C
    March 11, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    Victoria Beckham

    Not only is she an excellent business woman, but she is a great Mother.

  13. ElizM
    March 11, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I’m inspired by great writers like Emily and Charlotte Bronte – how did they write such great works with such little opportunity and experience of life

  14. Leila Benhamida
    March 11, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    My grandmother always so kind and full of wisdom.

  15. Frances H
    March 12, 2018 / 10:01 am

    The woman who refused to wear heels at that receptionist job. The more you stand your ground, the more ridiculous people will look. Heels are optional.

  16. Eve H Ogden
    March 12, 2018 / 10:47 am

    My mum inspires me totally

  17. Susan B
    March 12, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    Celia Hammond inspires me. She gave up a lucrative career as a model and all the benefits that come with that and, instead, founded a very successful and effective cat rescue charity. Unlike other cat rescue charities, Celia works with feral cats and she also gets her hands dirty. An extraordinary woman.

  18. Lynn Brown
    March 12, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    I find Katie Piper very inspiring.

  19. March 13, 2018 / 6:44 am

    My daughters inspire me. Both manage to successfully combine high powered careers with being wonderful mothers, marathon runners and great cooks and gardeners. I think they must have found the art of cramming 48 hours into every day!

  20. sonya ritchie
    March 15, 2018 / 1:23 am

    this would be an awesome competition

  21. March 15, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    What an amazing bunch! After the snow here last week I can safely say Antarctica is off my to-visit list… Thanks for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime last week!

  22. Hayley F
    March 17, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    My mum inspires me x

  23. Gerri Tennant
    March 18, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Judi Dench inspires me. She is chic, sassy and smart and shows us how to,grow older gracefully.

  24. Alica
    March 18, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    My daughter inspires me every day! She makes me so proud 🙂

  25. paula cheadle
    March 18, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    my Nan, nothing fazed her

  26. Rachel Colclough
    March 18, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    My daughter inspires me to be better

  27. cheryl hadfield
    March 18, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    My Mum inspires me, if I can live my life has honest and caring as her then i will have led a great life

  28. Lynsey Buchanan
    March 19, 2018 / 3:43 am

    My mum has always inspired me if I end up half ad good a mum as she is then im doing great

  29. Evette Williams
    March 21, 2018 / 9:24 am

    My daughter aged 23 supported her partner through losing his dad to brain tumours.

  30. Lorne Bedford
    March 22, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    My friend Julie she has an auto immune disease behcets and yet still keeps a positive attitude in life

  31. iain maciver
    March 23, 2018 / 10:00 am

    my wife and daughter

  32. Janet Birkin
    March 23, 2018 / 10:03 am

    My gran inspired me, she endured such a hard life but still managed to pass on her smiles and sense of humour

  33. Lindsey stuart
    March 23, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Sandra Bullock inspires me not only is she a fantastic actress but an incredibly kind and strong woman
    She does so much for charities and has gave children a loving home that they deserve

  34. Elizabeth Smith
    March 23, 2018 / 11:19 am

    My mum, she has put up with me!

  35. pete c
    March 23, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Theresa May; putting politics aside, doing that job must be incredibly difficult

  36. Annabel Greaves
    March 23, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    Angelina Jolie is such an amazing charity ambassador

  37. Carol
    March 23, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    Its so lovely to see how many mums are inspiring sadly I lost mine at 12 years old and my dad became both mum and dad to she definitely would be my inspiration I know its not the question but if has to be my dad

  38. maria blythin
    March 23, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    my mum x

  39. suzanne drummond
    March 23, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    im inspired by Holly Willoughby

  40. Karen Usher
    March 23, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    My daughter, she was born 16 weeks early (Yes born at 24 weeks!!) shes now 6 years old and has been through more than anyone I know yet is so happy!!!! An inspirational little girl!

  41. Richard Eldred Hawes
    March 24, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    My mum always inspired me to be the best I could

  42. ADEINNE TONNER
    March 24, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    A woman that inspires me has to be my mother she proves to me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything in life.

  43. Sheena Batey
    March 24, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    My mother who taught me to stand up to injustice

  44. Yolanda Davis
    March 24, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    My Nan. She’s the most amazing woman. All my life she has been there tor me, She was married to my Grandad for 63 years when he passed away recently. She has stayed so strong when I cannot even begin to fathom the pain she must be in. She is an inspiration.

  45. jo liddement
    March 25, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    The Bronte sister were all inspiring women as they had determination to have their work published when women were certainly not seen to be writers or academics.

  46. March 25, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    My daughter inspires me. She has one son, but he is so autistic that he cannot live at home. She never complains or compares herself to others.

  47. Lynn Mackeonis
    March 25, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    My friend claire, she’s a head manager at St Thomas’ and takes on challenges and complications every day, and keeps a cool head and manages the hospital.

  48. Anthony Harrington
    March 25, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    My Wife and my late Mother-in-Law, both very special and inspirational ladies that have shaped and influenced my life.

  49. laura jones
    March 25, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    my mother she was strongest kindest woman that there ever has been

  50. lynn r
    March 25, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    Alll feminists from Emily wilding Davison to Laura Bates.

  51. Sean Lee
    March 25, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Margaret Thatcher

  52. kate t
    March 25, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Malala Yousafzai is truly inspirational

  53. Komal Qasim
    March 25, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    My mother

  54. john prendergast
    March 25, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    My mum

  55. alice lightning
    March 26, 2018 / 12:32 am

    my mum sisters and daughter all in their own problems hold their heads up and cope

  56. Toni Pearson
    March 26, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    My friend, Tammy inspires me. An amazing friend, mum of two, and an inspirational primary school teacher.

  57. Sheila Reeves @cakereev
    March 27, 2018 / 10:21 am

    My Mum-in-Law, she came and stayed with me when my two boys were born as my mum had died – she helped so much but didn’t interfere, just let me get to know my boys. She nursed her husband through his dementia, putting up with such changes without a moan to us or others

  58. Sara Goodman
    March 27, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    The headmistress of my daughter’s school, she is amazing!! She has come in and totally turned the school around, despite the fact both my daughters went to the same school, they had very different experiences.

  59. Carrie-Anne Brown
    March 28, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    my mum 🙂

  60. Michelle Ferguson
    March 29, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    My Mum, she is so selfless and always thinking of others

  61. Michelle smith
    March 30, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    My daughter she is amazing

  62. Debbie Birchall
    March 30, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    My late Aunty Betty. She faced many trials and tribulations in her life but always faced them with humour, positivity and faith in the future xxx

  63. Robyn s
    March 30, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    My wonderful mum, she is just so special!

  64. Gemma G
    March 31, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    My aunt. She’s the matriarch of the family and despite her troubles still manages to make all of us feel so loved.

  65. claire woods
    April 1, 2018 / 9:56 am

    My Mum.

  66. claire woods
    April 1, 2018 / 9:57 am

    My Mum is.

  67. Lorna Ledger
    April 1, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    My Aunty Viv, She married for love, to a man who was another race (feels shocking to write that now!!) in the early 70’s, when prejudisim was so rife. Her and my Uncle, helped to integrate Tetsudo a martial arts form into the uk. My aunty became the first and only Grand Master Dan female black belt. The helped the community so much, raising money for local charities and autism. Their home was a place of love, learning and laughter, and I have such fond memories of being there. She was a woman of beauty of love, and when she died of cancer, over 500 people came to her funeral.

  68. Amy J
    April 2, 2018 / 11:38 am

    My mum and my grandma inspires me!

  69. Georgina Prince was davies
    April 2, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    my mum inspires me she is a super woman xxxx

  70. claire griffiths
    April 2, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    my grandma she is one amazing lady

  71. Alison Burns
    April 2, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    My female inspiration is always the suffragettes.

  72. April 2, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    My friend Jean – she is a great friend and always happy!

  73. April 3, 2018 / 10:17 am

    My youngest daughter….She has so much to deal with but she always gets through with a smile on her face x

  74. Sarah
    April 3, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    My mumma!

  75. sharon catterall
    April 3, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    My grandmother inspired me,she was a farmers wife and even in her 70’s she was still up the field mucking out and driving the tractor,sadly she got the big C an passed away but she was an amazing woman who would give you the clothes off her back if you needed them,

  76. Ruth Harwood
    April 5, 2018 / 10:36 am

    Mary Beard inspires me as she’s clever and charismatic

  77. Holly carter
    April 6, 2018 / 11:20 am

    My mum inspires me she’s so hard working and always supported me through everything. My mother in law also as she is also very hard working and would do anything for anyone!

  78. Sarah Dunne
    April 8, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    Louise Pentland because she’s a lovely, honest and real person!
    She’s also a mum like myself!

  79. Sarah Roberts
    April 8, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    My wonderful mom, Strong and loving at the same time if l’m half the woman she was i’ll be happy.

  80. Rachael Sexey
    April 9, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    My mother in law 💗

  81. Craig Havery
    April 10, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    theresa may

  82. Sarah Ann
    April 10, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    My gran. She was the most generous and supportive woman.

  83. Mark Mccaffery
    April 12, 2018 / 3:51 am

    Any woman who stands her ground for the right reasons.

  84. Jade Pawley
    April 15, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    My Nannie. No explanation needed apart from she is one of a kind & an inspiration to me!

  85. Jules Eley
    April 15, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    My mum was an inspiration!

  86. Sarah Mccaffery
    April 16, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    The first teacher i ever had at school.

  87. Margaret Mccaffery
    April 17, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    The woman that most inspires me is my mother.

  88. tina Glover
    April 18, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Emily Pankhurst inspires me. The way women are valued in todays society wouldn’t have happened without her.

  89. Simone Griffin
    April 18, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    My mum – she’s hard working and honest x

  90. nicola rupawala
    April 19, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    Michelle obama

  91. debbie davies
    April 19, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    definitley my mum. shes 81 years old and still looks after everyone. she cooks a sunday roast every sunday for 10 of us even though we have tried to take over and do it for her she insists on doing it. shes truely amazing!

  92. Celso Gomes
    April 20, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I saw the Hedy Lamarr documentary recently and that was inspirational.

  93. Collette SR
    April 21, 2018 / 10:41 am

    My Godmother not only inspires me but gives the best advice ever, straight talking and no frills love her x

  94. June Gaynor
    April 22, 2018 / 6:08 am

    My mother. She has many qualities that I admire. I just hope I have inherited some of them.

  95. Kerryn Johnson
    April 22, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    My mom in law was my inspiration

  96. Vanessa Cox
    April 23, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    My mum is inspirational to me – a very strong and independent woman who still loves travelling all around the world at 68!

  97. lorraine kirk
    April 24, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Marie Curie is an inspiration because she overcame many obstacles to achieve what she did and save many lives

  98. Carole Nott
    April 26, 2018 / 8:50 am

    i gather inspiration from my family – especially mum

  99. Rennene Hartland
    April 26, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    My mum shes so caring and will do anything for anyone

  100. Jill Ashton
    April 26, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    Dame Daphne Sheldrick for rescuing baby elephants and helping in the fight to stop poachers slaughtering elephants for the ivory trade. 100 elephants are killed every day for ivory

  101. Jessica Barber
    April 27, 2018 / 9:54 am

    My endlessly loving, kind and strong mum who has never faltered in her support for me whilst I beat anorexia!

  102. Lucy
    April 27, 2018 / 10:03 am

    My Mum 🙂

  103. Amanda Gregory
    April 27, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    My daughter inspires me most.

  104. Tania Atfield
    April 27, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    My daughter who is at university studying architecture

  105. Martina Deeley
    April 27, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    My daughter inspires me. She’s so confident and clever and diplomatic

  106. Carly Belsey
    April 28, 2018 / 4:35 am

    My nan inspires me, she is an amazing woman. She has been through so much and still smiles and makes everyone happy

  107. Laura Pritchard
    April 28, 2018 / 11:05 am

    My late gran – she got pregnant out of marriage to an American serviceman and kept the baby as a single mother, dealing on the wartime black market to survive. She was a strong, no nonsense lady who refused to do what others expected right to the end!

  108. Kim Neville
    April 28, 2018 / 11:13 am

    My lovely mum as she excels in whatever she does

  109. Miss Tracy Hanson
    April 28, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    My Mum – she does her best to please everyone but always with a smile on her face. She’s a great-grandma who often gets asks “how she manages to look so good” for her age. If I am half the woman she is, I will be very happy.

  110. janine atkin
    April 28, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    jennifer lawrence inspires me

  111. Katrina Adams
    April 28, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    My best friend has always inspired me, she has so much inner strength and handles everything with such elegance and grace.

  112. Jeanette Leighton
    April 28, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    Definitely the queen she runs a country a great inspiration

  113. Sheri Darby
    April 28, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    My mum of course

  114. Samantha Atherton
    April 28, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    My little girl, she amazes me every single day.

  115. Lia Burns
    April 28, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    My mum, she is so selfless and raised me single handily. Worked her butt off to keep a roof over our heads x

  116. Caroline Blaza
    April 29, 2018 / 12:29 am

    My Mum

  117. Tammy Neal
    April 29, 2018 / 9:04 am

    My mom x

  118. Linda Ford
    April 29, 2018 / 9:17 am

    My older sister inspires me, she brought up her children alone and still had time for me! Now we are in our 40’s and 50’e she is my best friend xx

  119. Shaun Heathcote
    April 29, 2018 / 9:38 am

    my wife she is the strongest person i know

  120. Lucy Chester
    April 29, 2018 / 9:58 am

    My mum inspires me for doing such an amazing job with the four of us on her own and working part time so that we did not go without.

  121. Gillian McClelland
    April 29, 2018 / 11:36 am

    My mum inspires me as she has always been strong through difficult times and has always supported me

  122. Martina Alban
    April 29, 2018 / 11:53 am

    Victoria Beckham

  123. Cassandra D
    April 29, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    My mother inspires me by striving for success.

  124. Lynn Neal
    April 29, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    My lovely daughter because she always strives to do the best she can for my grandchildren!

  125. gemma raines
    April 29, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    my grandma she really is the best grandma ever I love her so much

  126. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    April 29, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Jennifer Hudson, she has amazing strength and an amazing voice. To go what she has been through and to still smile and carry on… is fantastic! xx

  127. Kerry H
    April 29, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    My sister who lives in Vancouver, she just does whatever she likes, moves on when something’s not working out and follows her dreams.

  128. Marie Rungapadiachy
    April 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    My daughter inspires me for being so dedicated at everything she does.

  129. Ruth Wollerton
    April 29, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    My friends inspire me because they give me the LOVE & support to be the best I can be.

  130. Jennifer Baker
    April 29, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    lady that lives in my town is an inspiration to me, She lost 10 stone in a year x x x

  131. Craig Hindle
    April 29, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    My mother inspires me chris Hindle

  132. Karen Walder
    April 29, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    My sister inspires me!

  133. Natalie Crossan
    April 29, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    The late Diana, Princess of Wales. She was utterly fearless x

  134. Adrian Bold
    April 29, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    My Mum inspires me. She has been through such a lot in these last few years. But even during some of her harder times, she’s always been there to support me through my own highs and lows.

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