This article appeared in the Nottingham Post on 26th January 2014, after the Nottingham Women of Influence Award Ceremony. Here is an excerpt from it. If you would like to read the whole article, please click on the link at the end of the story.

“An award also went to Jill Alexander for the voluntary work she does with Survivors Helping Each Other (SHE UK), a charity in Newark which takes a holistic approach to helping women subjected to childhood sexual abuse.

Jill, who was abused herself, talks with the women but some are too afraid to come forward, so she set up a Facebook page for those who prefer to seek help anonymously. She also runs the charity’s crisis intervention service.

Her achievement is all the more remarkable because Jill suffers from painful rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and uses a wheelchair. After being presented with £2,500, Jill said: “I am overwhelmed by all of this. It has blown me away.”

The cash will be invested in developing digital therapy to help women as far away as Scotland. Her son Neil joined her at the ceremony along with SHE UK chief executive Nicci Robinson, who nominated her.

“Jill is an amazing woman and that is one of the many reasons I wanted that recognition. She does not realise the difference she makes to so many women,” said Nicci.

Carol Parkinson, Women of Influence co-ordinator, described the winners’ stories as inspirational and emotional.”