An “exceptional” student who set up a cancer charity after beating the disease twice has graduated with a degree in midwifery.
Nicolette Peel, a mother-of-three from Glossop in Greater Manchester, is now a midwife at the Royal Oldham Hospital, where she did much of her training as a student.
“It gave me the opportunity to constantly support women”
Ms Peel, who has overcome breast cancer on two occasions, helped set up the charity Mummy’s Star, in memory of Mair Wallroth, shortly before enrolling at the University of Salford.
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.
Ms Peel jointly set up the charity after she was diagnosed with breast cancer when her youngest child, Frankie, was a baby.
She said she was inspired after recognising through her own experiences that there was a lack of support available for women who receive a cancer diagnosis in pregnancy or postnatally.
She said: “I am delighted to have graduated with a first class honours from Salford. Graduation was a lovely day, and it was great to see the rest of my wonderful cohort again.
“At times it has been a balancing act, and it is thanks to the support of my husband and the lecturers at Salford University, that I have been able to fit everything in,” she said.
“I really enjoyed my course because it gave me the opportunity to constantly support women and put in to practice what I had learnt in the classroom,” she said. “I love my new job; the staff are very supportive, as they were when I trained as a student midwife”.
Cancer survivor who set up charity becomes midwife
Ms Peel is also on a steering committee for pregnant asylum seekers in Greater Manchester and in October became the first student ever to be invited to speak on the main stage at the Royal College of Midwives annual conference.
Lisa Bacon, director of midwifery, counseling and psychotherapy at Salford, described Ms Peel as “an exceptional student, motivated, hardworking and a pivotal member of her group”.
“The charity that Nicolette runs offers incredible support to women and their families,” she said. “While she was at Salford, Nicolette did a brilliant job in chairing the University of Salford midwifery society, in her final year.”
She added: “She is an inspirational woman, and the University of Salford is incredibly proud of her. I wish her every success as she embarks on her new career.”