Letchworth school inviting young adults to be inspired by stories of three remarkable women

Young people from Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton are being encouraged to make their voice's heard.

Young people from Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton are being encouraged to make their voice's heard. - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth school is inviting young adults to be inspired by the stories of three remarkable women.

The evenings of talks at St Francis’ College – which takes place on the eve of International Women’s Day – is designed to encourage young people living in Baldock and Letchworth to make difference in their everyday lives.

On the roster of speakers is Emily Jupp who was adopted by English parents when she was eight months old after being found on a bus in Kingston, Jamaica as a baby.

Having spent much of her childhood in Bangladesh, Emily’s passion for the arts saw her attend some of Europe’s top drama schools, while she also appeared on The Voice in 2014.

Her business start-up, Milly Jo Shoes, won Precious Awards for Outstanding Woman in the Creative Industries last year.


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Emily said: “I am very flattered St. Francis’ have asked me to be a part of their International Women’s Day event.

“It will be my pleasure to share my unusual and hopefully motivating story with the audience.

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“Taking away a way in which to inspire, resolve and ultimately push on.”

Also on the bill is paralympian and sports psychologist Wendy Smith who developed her own rehabilitation programme after suffering a spinal injury at the age of 17 and being told that she would never walk again.

Alongside Wendy – who represented Great Britain at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 – is Brita Fernandez Schmidt of Women for Women International.

Brita is UK executive director of the sisterhood which has helped nearly 429,000 marginalised women in countries affected by war and conflict since 1993.

Refreshments will be served after the talks, allowing for reflection and discussion.

Anyone wishing to attend the event – which is free and takes place between 7pm and 9pm on Monday, March 7 – should register their attendance by calling Victoria Robeson on 01462 670511 or emailing VRobeson@st-francis.herts.sch.uk.

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