International Women's Day

At CST we come into contact with strong, inspirational women on a daily basis. We have lots of fantastic women (and men!) working for us and we regularly meet women out in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire communities who have overcome struggles to really make a difference to their own lives or the lives of people in their communities. 

In celebration of International Women's Day, here's a round up of some of the great stories we've gathered so far this year:

julie small web imageJulie Milligan - Julie is on our Fit 4 Life programme which helps people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes in Nottinghamshire to become more active. She was feeling depressed after her diagnosis and struggling to cope but after getting involved in a local Zumba class she's improved her quality of life and lost weight in the process. You can read her story here  or watch her video here

Micheall Hearson - Michelle is another Fit 4 Life participant. Her diabetes went undiagnosed which resulted in her having a toe amputated after getting gangrene and septicaemia. Despite her disabilities she was able to join a local chair based exercise class which helped her build up her fitness and she's since lost more than a stone. You can read her story here resized webHayley Bramley - Hayley is our Generation Games Officer at CST. Her inspiring story shows how she got through the pain of losing her father to a brain tumour through her netball team. A great example of how a group of women can come together to help one another through difficult times. Read her story here

Beth Turner - Beth is a former Village Games Officer at CST. During her time with us she played a pivotal role in supporting Derbyshire communities to become more active by taking the time to understand their needs, experience and barriers. On leaving CST she reflected back over her experiences in a series of three blogs - leaving for pastures new, the importance of communitythe inspiration of people 

Melissa Howell - Melissa is one of our Jog Derbyshire leaders with Rosliston Runners. She lives with MS but after joining Slimming World decided to complete the couch to 5k programme and from there was inspired to motivate others by becoming a jog leader. You can read her story here