Depending on where you are in the world, you may have never heard the name Ingrid Loyau-Kennett.
In fact, if you’re outside of the UK you may have no idea about the incident that happened here in London this week that propelled her into the media spotlight…and inspired me to name her as this week’s Fabulous Friday Female.
The events in London this week have affected many people across the UK…myself included. I have struggled to even comprehend the barbaric nature of the attack on an innocent man walking down the street, because it’s motivation and nature are so far removed from the world that I live in.
I don’t wish to publicise the actions of the two men involved, or the horrific events of Wednesday (there is plenty of coverage in the UK media at the moment should you wish to know the details), but the briefest description I can give to convey the reason that Ingrid should be acknowledged and honoured today is that on Wednesday afternoon on a busy street in London two men allegedly attacked a third. The reports allege that they ran down an off-duty soldier with a car and then butchered his body with a variety of weapons.
Enter Ingrid Loyau-Kennett.
She was on a passing bus that stopped when it came across the incident. Not knowing the full extent of what happened, Ingrid thought there had been a car accident and rushed to help the victim.
Ingrid soon realised that this had not been a traffic accident, but instead of protecting her own life, she engaged the attackers in conversation. Seeing that a large crowd of people were gathering she wanted to keep them focused on her and keep them talking to try to prevent further injury to anyone else.
An ex-teacher, Ingrid was aware that there was a school nearby and wanted to ensure the safety of any nearby children, so without any fear for her own safety she attempted to keep the attackers focus on her, and her alone.
In this brief interview Ingrid shares her experience of the events on Wednesday morning..
It is immediately apparent from Ingrid’s words that her natural desire to nurture and protect the other people, and especially children, nearby were her motivation for getting involved.
I would like to think that in the same situation that I would have the courage and presence of mind to act as Ingrid did, my hope is that I never have the opportunity to find out.
So today I would like you to join me in honouring and acknowledging Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, for her courage, composure and selfless actions under truly horrendous circumstances, that might well have saved others around her from losing their lives…
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
- Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!