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Women’s Week: 10 of the best female Instagram and Twitter stars making a difference in Suffolk and Essex

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 15 January 2018

Lowestoft acid attack victim Adele Bellis. 
Picture: JAMES BASS

Lowestoft acid attack victim Adele Bellis. Picture: JAMES BASS

Inspirational women brighten up our social media feeds every single day.

Ann Osborn, project manager of The Rural Coffee Caravan. Picture: SIMON PARKER Ann Osborn, project manager of The Rural Coffee Caravan. Picture: SIMON PARKER

To mark 100 years since women were granted the right to vote, we have put together a list of ten Twitter and Instagram users making a difference in Suffolk and north Essex.

There were so many to choose from, so whittling down the list to ten was no mean feat.

From a former Essex student tweeting about her experiences on the Mars mission to a Suffolk acid attack victim continuing her fight to ban underage sales, here are our top female social media stars.

Anushree Srivastava, who took part in a simulated Mars mission in Utah just days after finishing her degree. Picture: THE MARS SOCIETY Anushree Srivastava, who took part in a simulated Mars mission in Utah just days after finishing her degree. Picture: THE MARS SOCIETY

Lowestoft acid attack victim Adele Bellis

Beautician Adele Bellis’ ear melted off when Jason Harrison threw sulphuric acid over her in a savage attack that left her with severe scarring.

Harrison did so because he was following orders from her controlling ex-boyfriend Anthony Riley – and ever since, Miss Bellis has spoken out to slam short sentences commonly given to acid attackers.

She penned a book about her experiences, called Brave, telling how she rebuilt her life.

Former University of Essex student Anushree Srivastava. Picture: THE MARS SOCIETY Former University of Essex student Anushree Srivastava. Picture: THE MARS SOCIETY

Her social media feed @AdeleBellis is full of inspiring quotes and messages from fans.

Rural Coffee Caravan director Ann Osborn

Her Twitter bio explains it all – dedicated volunteer Ann has put all her efforts into trying to end loneliness and spread kindness in her community.

She will typically tweet about events in the area that those who feel lonely can go along to, and juggles this feed with the Rural Coffee Caravan account, followed by more than 3,000 people.

Ann can be found tweeting at @Annie_Osb



Biologist and former University of Essex student Anushree Srivastava

This former Essex student’s Twitter feed is out of this world – literally.

Anushree Srivastava made headlines in 2016 when she joined the Mars mission simulation in the Utah desert just days after graduating from the University of Essex.

She jetted off on the mission after completing a Master’s degree.

Her Twitter feed features photos and videos from her exploration, including this video which shows her driving 20km in a 14kg spacesuit.

Ipswich Hedgehog Officer Ali North with one of her beloved 'hogs'. Picture: JOHN FERGUSON/SUFFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST Ipswich Hedgehog Officer Ali North with one of her beloved 'hogs'. Picture: JOHN FERGUSON/SUFFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST

Follow Anushree on Twitter



Breakfast queen and lifestyle writer Emily Scott

Self-confessed avocado advocate and egg enthusiast Emily Scott from Suffolk has accumulated a huge 88,000 Instagram followers over the last few years.

Sharing colourful snaps of what she ate for breakfast, the lifestyle blogger has accrued quite the fan base.

• Brighten up your Instagram feed by following Emily @WhatIAteForBreakfast



Ipswich Hedgehog Officer Ali North

Known for posting pictures of cute hedgehogs, Ipswich’s very own Ali North is on a mission to make the town Britain’s most hedgehog-friendly.

She also shares tips on how to make your garden better habitats for the tiny creatures.

Ipswich vlogger Jules Furness. Picture: GREGG BROWN Ipswich vlogger Jules Furness. Picture: GREGG BROWN

• To see more, follow Ali @IpswichHogs



The Distressed Artist, Bon Collins

Woodbridge-based Bon works in acrylic and canvas and challenges herself to explore how physical and mental health can be depicted in art.

Tweeting under the alias The Distressed Artist, Bon’s followers will catch a glimpse of her artwork, which often pops up in galleries across Suffolk.

Juliet Thomas, co-founder of The Mother Hub. Picture: JULIET THOMAS Juliet Thomas, co-founder of The Mother Hub. Picture: JULIET THOMAS

• You can follow her @DistressedArt



Jules Furness, Vlogger

This Ipswich-based vlogger uses her Instagram, which is packed with colourful posts, to promote her YouTube channel, which has been nominated for and won several awards.

Subscribers can follow Jules’ IVF journey, and tune in to popular vlogs – typical uploads include ‘Things I wish I’d known as a teenager’ and ‘Speed cleaning routine’.



• Follow Jules on Instagram @itsjulesfurness



The Mother Hub, Essex Girl campaigners Juliet Thomas and Natasha Sawkins

Natasha Sawkins, co-founder of The Mother Hub. Picture: NATASHA SAWKINS Natasha Sawkins, co-founder of The Mother Hub. Picture: NATASHA SAWKINS

These two campaigning mothers from the heart of Essex are leading the campaign to end an age-old stereotype associated with the county.

Through their Twitter account @TheMotherHub, Juliet Thomas and Natasha Sawkins have recruited women from around the globe to explain why they, too, are Essex girls and proud of it.

The pair met with dictionary bosses to remove the derogatory definition for the phrase and persuaded them to swap it with a new one.

Television presenter Phil Spencer with Anna, owner of My Happy Hut at Dovercourt. Picture: JEFF SPICER/PA WIRE Television presenter Phil Spencer with Anna, owner of My Happy Hut at Dovercourt. Picture: JEFF SPICER/PA WIRE

• Follow their successes @TheMotherHub



My Happy Hut, Anna Baria

Dovercourt-based Anna hit the headlines in 2016 when her beautiful beach hut My Happy Hut was crowned the best in Britain.

Living so close to the coastline, beach huts are a joy many of us in Suffolk and north Essex get to experience ­– and Anna’s striking Instagram feed for the hut is full of design inspiration.

In recent months, she has also added the tropical-themed My Hula Hut to her beach hut portfolio.

East of England Ambulance Service paramedic Fraer Stevenson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED East of England Ambulance Service paramedic Fraer Stevenson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

• Scout out more beach hut inspiration by following Anna @MyHappyHut



East of England Ambulance Service paramedic Fraer Stevenson

This frontline paramedic has helped to spearhead a campaign aiming to ‘put back the heart’ into the NHS.

Her Twitter feed gives a unique insight into the daily life of an ambulance worker, and places a lot of emphasis on mental health.

• You can find her tweeting @FraerStevenson

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