SHEFFIELD has had few more powerful advocates than Suzanne Liversidge.
The new Chamber of Commerce President – the first woman to hold the post – has got it absolutely right when she talks about the city’s “Wow” factor.
Yes, there’s still some unfinished business in the city centre, but, there is plenty to celebrate, too.
If we follow Suzanne’s lead, when she calls on us to be ambitious for our city and capitalise on the underlying neighbourliness, we can achieve what we want for Sheffield.
She’s laid down a challenge. Let’s take every opportunity to tell outsiders about our city and bring them here.
If they go to areas still in need of regeneration, they will see nothing worse than they see at home.
If they visit the shiny, new Sheffield and see what has already been achieved, then, perhaps their reaction will make us realise we really have got that “Wow” factor.
Lisa has a story of hope and joy
THE emotional roller coaster story of Lisa Glossop and her battle to start a family with partner Juilian should provide hope and inspiration to others sharing a similar plight.
Lisa is now the proud mother to daughter Gracie, but that did not come about without having to overcome a series of huge hurdles - starting with shedding 12 stone through a surgical procedure.
She and Julian were then unable to conceive naturally and were accepted onto an NHS IVF programme.
But that, too, was initially unsuccessful, and today she tells readers the emotional impact that had. But her message is one of hope and determination. The pair battled on and realised their dream of having a child.
The Care fertility clinic celebrates its 20th anniversary next month - and a story that has brought great joy to many couples.
So if you are having difficulty starting your family, don’t despair, seek help as Lisa did and you, too, may share in the joy of having a family of your own.
Never forget them
THIS weekend saw the commemoration of the Battle of Britain 71 years ago.
Sheffield paid tribute to those who sacrificed so much for us.
We should never tire of remembering the brace servicemen from all of the conflicts through the years.
In the words of Winston Churchill: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”