TWO remarkable Sheffielders who have overcome the odds to achieve success in their lives have been named Extraordinary Women of the Year.
Kate Allatt suffered a stroke – then defied doctors to recover from Locked-in Syndrome and write a book about her experience within a year.
Entrepreneur Christina Tindade, meanwhile, overcame a traumatic and abusive start to life to become a successful entrepreneur and champion for women in business.
The duo won awards in the national Extraordinary Women of the Year competition, with Kate named as overall winner.
The fell runner and businesswoman, from Dore, suffered a massive stroke caused by a blood clot in her brainstem last February. She was left completely paralysed, only able to blink her eyelids as a means of communication.
Doctors warned Kate’s family she had a 50/50 chance of survival and would never walk, talk, swallow or lead a normal life again.
But Kate walked onto the stage at the Extraordinary Women conference and awards ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham and thanked organisers for her award.
On the first anniversary of her stroke 200 people watched as she led a charity fun run, where she ran her first 20m.
And on May 19 she launches her autobiography Running Free: Breaking Out From Locked-in Syndrome.
Kate, 39, who also won the Extraordinary Personal Endeavour category, said: “The thought I would never be a mum again inspired me to walk and talk again and my family and friends have helped me get where I am today.”
Christina, who is in her 50s, and from Totley, founded Working Woman and Entrepreneurs Ladder, which encourages women in business. She won the Extraordinary Personal Contribution category award.
She overcame a traumatic, abusive and poverty-stricken childhood to help thousands of women achieve their business dreams.
She said: “I feel honoured and very privileged to have won this award. This is a great platform for me to continue helping and celebrating the success of women, inspiring women in business.”