In today’s YEP we tell the stories of two women who are both inspirational for very different reasons.
Firstly the late Jane Tomlinson, who is truly one of Leeds’s own.
Her story is not unfamiliar to anyone in this city, indeed far beyond Leeds. Jane’s determination to fundraise for others has made a difference to countless charities following her death and now the fund will be used to focus on four key projects.
It is an incredible thing to take something so devastating as cancer and turn it into something positive.
As Jane’s daughter Suzanne, says: “The appeal is not only helping children and cancer patients right now, but also funding research which could help save lives in the future.”
Kim Chown too has found the strength to turn something traumatic into something inspirational.
Having been raped several times by her own father, she took the unusual step of speaking publicly about it, after he was jailed for 20 years.
She is incredibly candid about what happened and how it has affected her. But she did it the hope it would encourage other victims of sexual abuse by a parent to come forward.
And the reaction has been incredible.