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DISPATCH: We Want To Hear Your Stories
Posted on September 12, 2007 by Brooke Shelby Biggs

If you have any stories you'd like to share or to pass along your condolences, please feel free to submit them to us - we'd love to read them!!!

Topic : About Anita
Posted By : Brooke Shelby Biggs
Posted On : September 12, 2007



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Re : We Want To Hear Your Stories
By Steve Wilkinson on September 19, 2007

In the early 1970s,alongwith a colleague,Ian,we spent several weeks of each year in a small hotel in Litflehampton.It was owned and run by Gordon and Anita Roddick.
We were young accountants visiting clients in Southern England from our usual office in Manchester. When we discovered the delights and homeliness of the hotel we made it our base.
Anita soon christened us Yogi Bear and Boo Boo and encouraged Justine and later Sam to call our names when they were learning to talk.It was a true feeling of family.
Gordon would sometimes join us in going to see a film. I particularly remember 'Don't Look Now'. When we returned we spent more time discussing the film with Anita than it had taken us to watch it. Most late evenings were like that.Sat in the lounge, no television,just sharing experiences, little jokes and stories.Brilliant.
I hope you fulfilled your dreams, Anita. You certainly did it your way.Thank you.

Yogi. ( aka Steve Wilkinson ).

Re : We Want To Hear Your Stories
By sam on September 17, 2007

Last week I came back from teambuilding in Wales to the headlines that Anita had died suddenly. I still can't believe that the wonderfully inspirational Anita is no longer with us. I worked for The Bodyshop for ten years, many of these years were during the mid to late eighties. I had the honour of meeting Anita and Gordon on many occassions. I remember working both at Heathrow and Kings Road with Justine and Sam. I can remember Gordon saying "don't let them get away with anything and make sure they work hard"!!! My Bodyshop days are filled with fantastic memories, I met some truly wonderful people. Whenever I met Anita she couldn't quite remember my name but she knew my face and always had time for a chat. I can't imagine what Gordon, Justine and Sam are going through but I want to extend my deepest sympathies with them at this very difficult time. Anita was so very full of life and certainly lived each moment of hers to the max. May your spirit soar....xxxxx

Re : We Want To Hear Your Stories
By Jeremy Ville on September 17, 2007

What an amazing person.

My mum passed away last year, also 64, and one of the last things she wrote to me was a note in a book I gave her to read. The book was 'Anita Roddick, Body and Soul' and the note from my mum read:

'Thankyou very much Jeremy. Wonderful reading, and an amazing woman'

My mum and I loved her. Anita was, and is, amazing, and a constant daily inspiration to me in my career and life.


Sydney, Australia

Thank you for your wisdom
By Shang Lee on September 16, 2007

Thank you Anita for sharing your wisdom on how to live. My condolences to the family.

Re : We Want To Hear Your Stories
By carsons on September 16, 2007

Thank you god for sending such a wonderful gift down to us.

She's a heroine, an angel, a superwoman.
Time must have come now that she realize we can fight on to pursue her value and belief, so there she goes, trusting us and fly to another world to send her love and hope.

She'll be back, I'm sure. Her spirits and love will stay within us all.

Fight on we will..

Thank you Anita
By on September 15, 2007

I have admired Anita's work for many years and having been in business a few times not really successfully, have aspired to be like her. I've always dreamed of the kind of success that's transparent and can be measured in what you do, how you do it and how you affect other peoples lives. Not through material things and wealth but being able to sleep at night knowing that you really do make a difference. Anita had all these qualities! I met Anita just a couple of months ago, I wrote to her and asked for her opinion on my business idea, i was amazed to recieve a reply inviting me into her home. That day, I was so nervous and completely starstruck. Within two mnutes of my arrival at the house, I was put to ease straight away, Anita was so down to earth and so normal, it was as though I had known her for years.

I started to tell her all about my business idea, she shared my enthusiasm and we talked for over an hour. She called Gordon into the room and we all sat discussing how the business can work and how it can be promoted as an environmental project. I was amazed when Gordon asked to see my business plan, I really wasn't expectng that.

When I left, I said thank you to Anita, she walked into another room and produced a copy of her book, she handed it to me and gave me a hug, her words to me were "You keep trying and keep the enthusiasm up, one day you'll be writing your own book just like me"!

When I heard the news that Anita had passed away, I was so surprised and like millions of others that day, completely devastated.

I am so blessed to have met such a remarkable lady in person, and although I am still struggling to get my "mad idea" business off the ground, I am even more determined now to make it work. Anita referred to my idea as a no brainer! How much more encouragement could I ever need. Every day when I reach yet another stumbling block which sets me back a few steps, I think of Anita's words. Words cannot express what that means to me.

I would also like to say that behind every good woman is a good man and it was such a pleasure to meet Gordon. He has also helped me by taking a good look at my business plan. His comments meant a lot to me. How embarrassing though, I left loads of things out and I don't think it really made any sense! I did have to chuckle to myself on this, I had to ask myself "and you thnk you're the next Anita Roddick, dream on"!

All such fantastic learnng and all such a great experience. I will certainly remember Anita!

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family.


Re : We Want To Hear Your Stories
By Barry Robinson on September 15, 2007

Of all Anita had done, of all the Causes that demanded her time, I will never forget her wanting to hear my own Cause. In response to an email or two, and despite my being a creative director of my own creative agency (she was no great fan of those in marketing) she still gave me her home phone number and insisted I call her. An anticipated 10 minute phone conversation turned into 45 minutes. I will never forget the sense of inspiration, motivation and confidence that swelled inside of me when our conversation ended. Here was a fellow human being that had so much to do, so much to give yet still gave me 45 minutes of her time. I will always remember when I asked her how to best handle people who might get in the way of bringing to life the Cause we were discussing and with passion in her voice said, "Tell 'em to sod-off". I did and will continue to do so. My heart-felt condolences to her family and friends. BARRY, Melbourne, Australia

Re : We Want To Hear Your Stories
By Andrea on September 14, 2007

I think Anita Roddick has been an inspiration to many people. I for one have always thought that The Body Shop is a great idea, you can buy cool and delicious stuff, as well as doing good to the environment and to the people who make the products. I couldn't believe the notice as I came in the store. My condolences.

Re : We Want To Hear Your Stories
By Heather Milner on September 14, 2007

I worked for The Body Shop for 13 years and was fortunate to have the pleasure of meeting Anita several times. I can truly say she was one of the most inspirational and motivating women I have ever met in my life, and totally unique. Her conference speeches were amazing - totally absorbing, emotional, contraversial and usually ended with us laughing in the aisles. Anita certainly made an impact wherever she went. My condolences to you all.

Video tribute to Anita
By Leif Utne on September 14, 2007

Gordon, Sam, and Justine,

I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. Anita was a hero to me and so many others. I met her at the Bioneers conference in 2003, when she was promoting her book Taking It Personal. It was one of the few times in my life I've been starstruck. But her warmth put me instantly at ease.

Today we posted a short video tribute to Anita over at http://quantumshift.tv/v/1189777889/, including memories from several of her friends in business and activism. We have embed code available if you'd like to display the video on this site. I'll try posting it here.

We've also invited anyone who was touched by Anita to post their own video tributes to her on the site.

I'll be including an audio tribute including memories from several more of Anita's friends, in next week's UtneCast podcast at http://www.utne.com.

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