Thank you, thank you, thank you.
To all the wonderful women of Lancashire who came to Preston and Burnley colleges on the 8th March and helped us to inspire almost 100 female students at our Oysters and Pearls events. The feedback has been amazing - here are just a couple of comments from the girls...
" I don't want this to end. It has been brilliant and you know how I have lacked motivation lately. Well I am now inspired. The women on our table have been really inspirational and make you want to achieve”
We have had so many comments like this but this one really made all the planning and all the hard work worthwhile.....
"When the speaker said "Don't try and fit in, you are who you are, just be yourself because you are unique", I listened to her story of how she hated her voice when she was young and how her parents helped her believe in herself and how she learnt not to listen to negative comments. She made me feel good about myself, I have a birthmark on my face and when my Mum sadly passed away 5 years ago, I kind of lost all my confidence, but hearing Lesley's story made me think of my Mum and made me remember it doesn't matter what you look like, it's what's inside that counts. Everything about the day inspired me."
You made this happen, all you wonderful ladies who gave up your time and money to help us. The feedback from the other students has all been superb saying it was fun, it was friendly, it was 5*, it was an amazing event etc. The feedback from all our ladies has been incredible too with every single one of you asking to find out more about being a mentor for a girl in school.
From the table discussion, to the wonderful pie and peas, from the individual advice given one to one, to 100 women and students in a big circle taking part in our soundscape, the day pulsated with energy and Beyonce's "I was here" at the end of the event brought a tear to many an eye.
We will have all the photos and video testimonials on our website in the next few days
Finally, a massive thank you to Burnley Council and North and West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the events.
We can't wait to role out (pun intended!) more of these incredible events at colleges across the North West.