I have had more than my fair share of inspirational people this year. From, the frankly incredible, Liz Scarff to Desmond Tutu in eight months makes it hard to pick out one or two for special mention. However, there are three unassuming women in amongst all this who have left their indelible prints upon my heart. They are a part of my personal journey this year, a journey which has changed me in ways I cannot explain, they have inspired me and driven me on.
Amelia, a health worker in Mozambique who jumps on the back of a battered motorbike and travels vast distances across difficult terrain to deliver vaccines and healthcare to remote rural communities. She carries these two cool bags on her shoulders on the back of the bike for up to four hours at a time, she really knows her stuff and she smiles, a lot. She is a life saver.
Dr Joan Shepherd from Sierra Leone. She trains midwives, has delivered ‘thousands of babies’ and is passionate about women and children’s rights to receive healthcare wherever they may live. She opened her door to a woman in labour as bullets flew around them during the war in Sierra Leone and delivered her baby without a thought for her own safety. She is scared of heights, she has an infectious giggle and she is my friend; we strutted the streets of New York together calling on the distant and powerful to heed our call and she was amazing.
Tracey Cheetham. We travelled to Mozambique together and formed one of those friendships which catch you by surprise. She is currently fighting breast cancer for the second time with everything she has but she still finds time and energy to speak out for the NHS and to keep on shouting about the things she holds most dear. She is strong, warm and funny, she makes me laugh until I cry and she is passionate and feisty. I am so glad she is in my life.
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