2018 - The Year of the Woman

As it is the year of the woman – 100 hundred years since the vote, I wanted to acknowledge some of the strong people who have had an impact on my life.

Alexis Henderson

My mum is a private person so I know she will be uncomfortable with me writing about her.  She was 15 years old when she found out that she was pregnant with me.  Her family shipped her off to one of those horrible places for unmarried mothers. It was not the done thing to be an unmarried mother in the 60s. Add to the fact she was having a mixed race child, it wasn’t the best of times for her. She did feel pressure to give me up for adoption but had the courage to keep me.  

Look at us now mum x

Annette Dorothy Ness

When I was 11 years old I got a job as a dog handler at my local Greyhound track. That is where I met my best friend Dorothy Ness.  Annette, was Dorothy’s mum she was a tall elegant woman who wore a fur coat and red lipstick all year round. She was a great artist who introduced me to beautiful clothes and jewellery.  

Susan Vass

I was diagnosed as being dyslexic in my second year at University. The University kindly provided me with a private tutor called Susan.  She was a lovely lady that I saw twice week for extra tuition. She made it possible for me to pass my degree.

Margret Lambert
Those who know me, know I have a therapist who I have seen for many years. She has simply helped me to become the woman I am today.
Judy Rich

Judy was my life coach for a short time. She is this tall American lady, kind and positive. I admired her before I knew her, she was the force behind the brand “Long Tall Sally”.

She pushed me to live my dreams.

Charlotte Henworth
I met Charlotte at the V&A when I training to be a tour guide – she was my mentor.  After finishing radiotherapy treatment, I was mentally and physically exhausted and slipped into a depression. I confided in Charlotte that I was struggling; she was just so lovely and supportive to me.
Janet Crush

Janet is this glamorous warm woman I met at work around 6 years ago.  She has been married to her husband for over 40 years and has 7 grandchildren. We meet up most months for dinner and too many cocktails – l always feel warm and happy inside after spending time with her.  She has seen me mess up over the years but has never judged me.

Stuart Henderson

The biggest influence in my life was my dad who died when he was 47 years old. He was a right prankster – always laughing and joking. He brought me up as his own and that is why I will never change my last name, I will always be known as Donna Henderson.

I hope this makes you think about the people who have influenced your life for the better – thank them x