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Student midwife recognised for ‘extraordinary’ charity work

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A Salford University midwifery student has been nominated for a Woman of the Year award as a result of her work helping mothers who have cancer.

Nicolette Peel, from Glossop in Derbyshire, will attend a prestigious awards event next month in recognition of her work with the charity Mummy’s Star.

“Nicolette is an amazing and inspirational woman”

Lisa Bacon

Mummy’s Star is the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to helping women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy or within a year of a birth.

The 44-year-old, herself twice a breast cancer survivor, balances being chair of the charity with being a student midwife and a mother of three.

Ms Peel is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery and is set to graduate in December, after completing a successful placement at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

She has previously chaired the university’s Midwifery Society and is on a steering committee for pregnant asylum seekers in Greater Manchester.

She is also the first student ever to be invited to speak on the main stage at the Royal College of Midwives annual conference, which takes place next month.

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Student midwife recognised for charity work

Nicolette Peel

She said: “It is amazing to have been nominated and I am so excited to attend the lunch.”

Lisa Bacon, Salford’s director of midwifery, counselling and psychotherapy, said: “Nicolette is an amazing and inspirational woman who is more than deserving of this nomination.

“Her charity offers incredible support to women and their families who are affected by cancer during what should be one of the happiest experiences in their life,” she said. “The University of Salford is incredibly proud of her.”

Earlier in this year, Ms Peel won the RCM President’s Volunteer Award, which recognises a college member who has volunteered in a field relevant to the provision of maternal and child health in the UK or overseas.

An Women of the Year awards lunch will take place in October, with high profile attendees set to attend. The event, currently organised by the Women of the Year Foundation, first took place in 1955.


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