Chichester astronaut Tim Peake ranked high in poll of inspirational people

Tim Peake.  Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire SUS-150611-133759001
Tim Peake. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire SUS-150611-133759001

Chichester astronaut Tim Peake has been ranked third in a list of those who have inspired the most people in 2015.

The survey was commissioned by Discovery Channel.

Top of the list is Katie Cutler after her internet appeal raised more than £300,000 for Alan Barnes, a disabled man who was mugged outside his home in January.

Chris Norman, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos came second on Discovery Channel’s top ten inspirational people poll of 2015 for their bravery in stopping a heavily armed gunman attack a train in France. All four received France’s highest honour, the Légion d’honneur, for their courage in stopping the attack.

The results, compiled from a YouGov study of 2,000 GB adults, also saw losing weight named as the British public’s most common pledge for 2016, with 35% resolving to do this for the coming year.

The findings coincide with the launch of Discovery Channel’s #MYWBpledge initiative, where viewers are given the opportunity to share how they intend to expand their horizons in the year ahead.

When asked to select from a list of the people who had inspired them in 2015, the poll revealed that more than a quarter (26%) of British adults feel personally inspired by Katie Cutler, from Gateshead, following her decision to set up an online fundraising campaign for Alan Barnes, which received donations from across the world. She has since received a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The survey also revealed the moments which have inspired the public in the past year, with the global show of solidarity in response to the Paris terrorist attacks topping the list, with 42% expressing their feelings of inspiration. Secondly, with 37%, was the moment when more than 50 people helped to lift a double-decker bus off a cyclist, after an accident in London. Third (27%) was Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest serving British Monarch, while fourth (23%) was the makers of Star Wars allowing terminally ill Daniel Fleetwood, from Texas, to watch the new film early – he died just days after seeing it.

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