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One Year On

In 2015 we were moved by research highlighting that 75% of women have few or no role models, inspiring us to launch our first digital campaign, 'Modelled by Role Models' in celebration of inspirational women around the world. The campaign featured world renowned model Marquita Pring, Sports Therapist Amy Hughes, British T34 Paralympic wheelchair champion Hannah Cockroft, Senior Nurse Rachel Elliott, British singer Mica Paris and blood and organ donation campaigner Martyna Kaczmarek. The campaign received a great reception and was seen worldwide via social media and a viral Youtube Video, being described along the way as inspirational, and refreshing.

Since the launch, our role models have continued their inspirational journeys, including collaborating on their own charity projects after meeting during the campaign.

Here you can get fully up to date with what our role models have been up to since the launch in March 2015.

It's really nice that people think of me as a role model because one of my main aims of '53' was to try and inspire girls, especially young girls, and to show them it is good to keep fit and healthy.

Amy Hughes

Sports Therapist

Hannah Cockroft MBE

Since becoming a role model for Panache, Hannah has had a busy few months. October 2015 saw her win 3 World titles at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha, taking home three Gold medals over 100m, 400m and 800m. Hannah also picked up a number of awards for her performances during 2015.

2016 is a huge year for Hannah, as she will be seeking to win more medals at the Rio Paralympic Games in September. As preparation, Hannah spent some time undertaking warm weather training in Australia at the start of the year. Since returning from Australia, she has appeared on BBC Question of Sport and the Clare Balding TV show. Heavy preparation for Rio is now underway and Hannah is heading out to Brazil later in March on a familiarisation visit and to attend a training camp.

Despite being in training for Rio, and never one to neglect her off track duties, Hannah has also attended a number of functions to support her charities and has also recently become an ambassador for the charity founded by fellow Panache role model, Amy Hughes.

The advice that I'd give to anyone who wanted to follow what I do is grab every opportunity that they're given. Don't be scared - go out, grab it and enjoy it!

Amy Hughes

As a Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athlete, Amy is dedicated to inspiring other young people, girls and women in particular, to keep fit and healthy. Unbelievably, just 7 years ago, she'd never run a marathon before. After successfully completing her 53 challenge, Amy ran 250 miles in one week from her home town of Oswestry to London, so she could help Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell to run her own first London Marathon. Then in August 2015, Amy ran an incredible 53 miles in 10 hours 18 minutes to mark the 1st anniversary of her 53 challenge. Amy is the founder of her own charity 'The 53 Foundation' which aims to help those with disabilities become more active. Amy is proud to have Panache role model, GB Paralympian Hannah Cockroft MBE as the charity's first ambassador after meeting through the Panache Modelled by Role Models campaign in 2015.

Taking part in Modelled by Role Models really opened my eyes to what inspiring women are doing out there. I felt honoured to be asked to take part, and I left inspired and driven to do even more after hearing the stories of the other role models.

Martyna Kaczmarek

Since being involved with the campaign Martyna has organised a national blood drive at the National Stadium in Warsaw, 6000 people attended and over 400 donated blood. Martyna received "Philanthropist of the Year 2015" award and Bronze Cross of Merit from the President of Poland for social activities and for the promotion of blood donation.

I think what makes a strong role model is creativity, individuality and the ability to overcome obstacles. I feel honoured and proud that I'm considered to be a female role model.

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