Editor: Inspiring figures everywhere but sometimes hard to see

Inspiration is incredibly individual. What raises aspirations for some of us just doesn’t have the same impact on others.

By Nancy Fielder
Monday, 31st May 2021, 6:55 am
Updated Monday, 31st May 2021, 7:10 am
Trips to Sheffield Children's Hospital have inspired many poorly youngsters

There are, of course, some internationally renowned people who we all look up to and history has been dotted with these folk. They are often the ones who change things permanently and make huge sacrifices for others.

But you don’t need to make headlines across the world to be a rolemodel.

In fact, most of us look to people much closer to us and Sheffield is full of people who inspire those around them.

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I love the article on the front page today about a girl who battled ill health at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and was so inspired, she now wants to do the same for others – making a career out of medicine.

I am sure those doctors treating that little girl could have had no idea how they would not only save her life but put her on a pathway for such positivity. They were just doing their job after all – but what a brilliant outcome in so many ways.

If anybody can empathise with patients, particularly young ones, it must surely be those who have stood in their shoes and shared their fears. To add training and expertise on top of lived experience, well what a recipe for a bright future of caring.

We all have things in our past that make us who we are now and we can always use that to help others.

Then there is the story on Page 34 of a teacher who wants to show others that they can follow on her path.

If we surround children with people who want to make a difference, want to raise aspirations and want to help youngsters carve out a positive live then we can change absolutely everything for the better.

We can all look back at those who made us think twice about things, who really impacted on us and how we wanted to act.

They often are teachers and medics, family and friends – but they can be anyone.

As you relax through a sunny, Sheffield bank holiday, think of the impact your actions can have on the children of this city.

We all have a role to play and we can all demonstrate that the right path isn’t hard to choose, with the right support.

Who made a difference to your school days?