Heather Mills McCartney

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Heather Mills McCartney

Former model and charity campaigner

Heather Mills was brought up in Newcastle in the North of England. Her father was sent to prison for fraud, so Heather and her sister were sent down to London to their mother, while her brother Shane went to Brighton to live with their grandmother. She parted company with her mother at the age of thirteen and went to live with a fair. She had to leave the fair and became homeless for four months, living under the Waterloo arches, keeping clean by showering using the tips she had saved from her time at the fair.

Heather Mills was brought up in Newcastle in the North of England. Her father was sent to prison for fraud, so Heather and her sister were sent down to London to their mother, while her brother Shane went to Brighton to live with their grandmother. She parted company with her mother at the age of thirteen and went to live with a fair. She had to leave the fair and became homeless for four months, living under the Waterloo arches, keeping clean by showering using the tips she had saved from her time at the fair.

She then became a model. She enjoyed many years of success with three private businesses which she started and then sold, releasing herself to pursue further adventures.

A marriage, two step children and two ectopic pregnancies later, she divorced and moved to Slovenia. War broke out and many of her friends were Serb and Croat couples, whose parents didn't want them to stay together. She brought them to England, set up a refugee crisis centre, and went back to the war to help their families on a one-to-one basis. It was only while taking a holiday in London that she lost her leg, crushed a pelvis, and punctured her lung, after being hit by a police motorcycle.

The event allowed her to create massive media attention, enabling her to gain enough power to set up the Heather Mills Health Trust. She found out that there are 63,000 amputees in the UK, all with a spare limb in the cupboard. She then toured the country collecting thousands of limbs and getting free labour from Britain's prisoners, by training each prisoner for a few days on how to take the limbs apart. Two years on she had taken over 20,000 limbs and fitted 10,000 amputee children.

The BBC were so impressed by her interviewing manner that they signed her up as a presenter. She presented a sport slot on Good Morning with Anne and Nick, is producing a classical radio show and spends a lot of time lobbying politicians. She spends much of her remaining time on the slopes training for the Olympics- as it was discovered that her downhill time was as fast as the top German downhill skier.

Heather has become one of the best-known motivational speakers in the country. She leads an active life-walking, skiing, modelling. Heather's life is an illustration of how a positive attitude can overcome adversity. She has the power to instil enthusiasm and positive thinking into others, and is an excellent inspirational speaker on setting and achieving goals and overcoming obstacles. 

 

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