Locals from around Sheffield have expressed their admiration for women in their lives as Mother’s Day approaches.

This year Mother’s Day lands on 10th March, and it is a great time of year to celebrate different female figures who’ve had a maternal and inspirational influence on our lives.

Natalia Curi Ayala, 40, from Peru, who now lives in Sheffield City Centre, said it’s important to honour her mother, Marcela, who took care of her, her sister and four of their cousins.

“For me it is the greatest expression of generosity because my mother gave her life for them and it’s something very impressive.”

Marcela, Natalia’s mother, is important to her because of the sacrifices she made to be a mother, although her dream was to be a nurse. 

“She was very keen on studying so that’s why she was always supporting all of us to study a career and to be what she couldn’t be. That is something that makes me honour her.”

Natalia said: “She passed away two years ago, but all my life I’ve tried to honour her and do my best. From her experience what I learnt is that it’s good to be generous but at the same time we have to take care of ourselves. That’s why I decided to follow her dreams and study a career when she couldn’t.”

It’s not just mothers that people are celebrating this March.

Eleanor Bowie, 19, a student living in the City Centre, spoke highly of her sister: “She was the first in our family to go to university, so she is a key inspirational figure for me. She is one of the reasons that I am at university, and I followed in her footsteps.”

In awe of her sister’s hard work, Eleanor recalls when she achieved 2:1 in her degree.

“She did Biomedical Sciences, and she is going on to a career in finding a cure for cancer. It’s something I find quite aspirational for her, so it’s quite cool.”

For anyone struggling with bereavement around Mother’s Day contact the Cruse helpline on 0808 808 1677 for support and guidance.