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A wonderfully inspirational line up of women who were determined to become mothers despite missing ‘one vital ingredient’ – a boyfriend / partner / husband. These women used sperm donors to conceive and are now all happily raising their children as single, brilliant, inspirational mums.

Out this week in Bella.

Thank you, single ladies! If you’d like to share your story of how you became a mum, please get in touch today.

DENCHsachaGHK (Large)While I love to write about the antics of women like Sacha, I have to admit that I am too much of a scaredy cat to ever achieve anything quite like her feat. Paramotoring from the depths of Russian tundra to the wetlands of Gloucester, she flew over mountain and sea, alongside swans, above whales, beneath geese. My husband is a paramotorer and every summer I lose him to the skies. Join him? No thank you.

Sacha’s story was a thrill to write, because I love to write about women who possess characteristics I wish I had. She’s brave, she’s bold, she’s fearless.

Sacha’s adventure is in this month’s Good Housekeeping.

If you’ve had a life changing adventure, let me know! I will write about you from the safety of my office…

Well here’s a story to melt your heart. As if Boo hadn’t suffered enough when he lost the sight in one eye to cancer, he was then shot at point blank range by some teenagers and lost the sight in his other eye. Rescued by the wonderful team at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Boo was given a paddock of his own, as a herd of horses would have been too overwhelming. But he needed a friend – horses like company, just like humans. Enter stage left, the wonderful Oliver, the most patient kind horse ever! Oliver was Boo’s guide and companion for years. But tragedy struck when Oliver fell ill. His final moments were spent with Boo by his side and even just writing this summary is making me weep all over again. We all need a friend like Oliver, a guide in the darkness, a friend when we’re in need.

Redwings work tirelessly to help over 40,000 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. They need our help continuing their good work so if you can donate, please do here.

nyresbest-largeA new year, a new beginning, a new you, right? We’ve all been there, making resolutions to be better versions of ourselves. Most of us fail after about 17 hours. (Just me?) But these three beauties took their resolutions right through the year and kept going!

Kell made a pact to try something new every week, Sarah ditched shopping and learned to sew her own clothes and Nikki vowed to give to the food bank every time she shopped – and all succeeded in seeing their resolutions turn into habits. Well done team!

If you’ve kept up your resolutions, let’s hear it! Get in touch today. This story is out in Best this week.

brookjaninetab-jpeg-largeI adore this family. Janine radiates positivity, humour, confidence and charm – all things that would disappear from my personality if I was facing what she is – a terminal cancer diagnosis. But her personality shines through her daughters too, who have grown up in the shadow of cancer and who are adorable, brave young girls. The letter Sophia wrote to her mum brings a tear to my eye and was the inspiration for us to do Janine’s story in the form of a letter to her daughters. It certainly packs an emotional punch.

Janine has a message for us all – remember to check your boobs. She runs a facebook page called Boobie Date and hopes her story will remind us all how important it is to check for unusual lumps regularly.

Please visit breastcancercare.org.uk for support.

wrightheloisebest-largeHere’s my beautiful friend Heloise (story on the bottom right) and her angelic children in a story that celebrates the true spirit of Christmas. Heloise and I went to school together and I’m proud to know her and watch her bring up her children so wonderfully. When I wrote my own story about my darling sister Pip, it was Heloise’s boys who got a mention in the part about seeing Pip as a superhero… That’s because Heloise’s children are just like Heloise – kind, generous beings who are fun, hilarious and lovely to be around.

Christmas is well underway now, the mags are full of Christmas cheer! If you have a festive story get in touch today.

mavromoustakinatfab-largeFor an insider’s take on what is really happening at the continent’s many refugee camps, read Natalia’s memories from her time volunteering at Idomeni in Greece, on the border of Macedonia. She was there during the period that Macedonia closed their borders, leaving Idomeni to cope with 15,000 refugees. Natalia tells us what the press didn’t at the time – the moments of courage and kindness and compassion.

Her story reminds us all that refugees are our fellow humans, running from danger. They deserve our courage, kindness and compassion – something Natalia has in spades.

She appeared in this week’s Fabulous magazine. If you’d like to share a similar story, please get in touch today.

defiedoddswo-largeTwo children who’ve grown into amazing young adults, celebrated in this week’s Woman’s Own. Firstly we have Zoe, who was born extremely premature. Doctors warned her mum, Caroline, Zoe wouldn’t make it. But she fought on… and slowly she grew. Now, she’s a public speaker, she’s running marathons and being an all-round amazing woman.

And we have the dashing young photographer Oliver, who was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome shortly after birth. Needing operations on his heart left his mum, Wendy, terrified, but Oliver showed a fighting spirit even back then. Determined to encourage her son to be whoever he wanted to be, Wendy is Oliver’s number one fan and he has rather a lot of them! Check out his website oliverhellowell.com to see examples of Oliver’s stunning photography.

If you’re children are little miracles, I’d love to hear about them. Please get in touch today! Pick up a copy of this week’s Woman’s Own to read about Zoe and Oliver.

freemanjamiebest-largeThis story has been a few years in the making. It was 2014 that young Benny arrived in this world and started what was to become a life changing journey. Mum Jamie wanted to connect with other families in the Down’s syndrome community, and not just on Facebook… so she started a journal, a real, leatherbound diary, which she sent off to a mum in Canada.

From Canada, the diary travelled around the US, then after two years on the road, it flew to the UK to visit four British families. The diary is now stuffed full of memories, photos and stories. It is a testament to the love and connections made in the Down’s syndrome community that the idea has proved to be such a huge success, Jamie is now sending out other diaries to make similar trips¬†around the world.

Follow the journey here –¬†www.thedownsyndromediary.com and catch Jamie’s story in this week’s Best.

ELMERkatieTAB1 (Large)When Katie was told her beautiful newborn daughter Emily had just days to live, she was devastated. But Emily lives on. Emily’s Star is the charity that Katie set up to help other families going through what she did, so that Emily’s name and memory would live on and help other people. She’s an amazing woman with never-ending energy and enthusiasm for helping families going through the hardest of times. Katie talked about the Emily’s Star project with incredible strength and I adore everything she’s about.

To find out more, visit Emily’s Star here.

If you have a story you’d like to share, get in touch today. It’s not always easy to talk about the challenges we face in life, but at Phoenix, we promise to look after you!