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Fourteen Test centuries and 383 wickets stand in the record books as testament to cricket legend Ian Botham's sporting success. An entirely different set of figures measure his magnificent record as an inspirational individual.

 

Alison Moore is undoubtedly Britain's bravest teacher. The 31-year-old mother was beaten unconscious by racist thugs and left for dead in the grounds of the south London school where she works.

 

In temperatures of minus 50cel, during "white out" blizzards and faced with an ocean of ice, their dreams were of simple things such as the colour of trees or a comfortable chair to sit on.

 

The Paddington rail disaster was the accident that should never have happened. When two packed commuter trains collided on October 5, 1999, close to Ladbroke Grove in London, 31 people lost their lives and many more were badly injured.

 

Tim Berners-Lee is one of the most influential men in the world but although millions of people use his invention every day, few have even heard of him.

 

Not only is Helen Rollason a talented presenter in the male-dominated TV sports world, she is, according to her colleagues, a joy to work with.

 

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