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Student midwife from Salford scoops RCM Volunteer Award at prestigious ceremony in London

11 March, 2016

Student midwife from Salford scoops RCM Volunteer Award at prestigious ceremony in London

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The co-founder and chair of Mummy’s Star a charity which supports women who have been diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy has been honoured at The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards 2016.

Nicolette Peel picked up the Presidents Volunteer Award a RCMs Annual Midwifery Awards ceremony earlier this week.

The award ceremony took place at  The Brewery, London on Tuesday 8 March 2016 and was hosted by BBC journalist and broadcaster Kate Silverton.

In 2011 Nicolette was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time after the birth of her third child and subsequently Mummy’s Star was developed in response to a perceived lack of resources and support available for women suffering cancer during and after pregnancy.

The charity organisation supports women diagnosed with or treated for cancer during pregnancy or within a year postnatally, and also assists families where the mother has died as a result of cancer within the first year of a birth. 

Since Mummy’s Star was founded in 2013 Nicolette and the charity have worked with over 200 hundred women ensuring women are directed to the services that our right for them. Nicolette is also a third-year student midwife at the University of Salford.

Commenting the judges of the awards category said; “Nicolette is an inspirational individual.  She has identified an unmet need for women with a very gentle approach to what could be a difficult subject.  Her use of reflection and reflexive practice demonstrates her sensitivity to the importance of women’s centred care. Nicolette has s shown a high level of care and compassion and demonstrates the value of volunteers and the third sector. 

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said; “I wish to congratulate Nicolette on winning the RCM Presidents Volunteer award she is a shining example to us all.”

“Mummy’s Star plays a pivotal role in ensuring women receive the right care and support as well as advocating for changes for women affected my cancer. This type of personalized care is highly commendable deserves to be recognised. I congratulate Nicolette on this achievement and thank her and her colleagues for their dedication, skill and commitment to mothers, babies and their families.”

Commenting on her win Nicolette Peel said; “I  felt so privileged to even attend the prestigious RCM awards and am so surprised and absolutely delighted to have won. The other shortlisted entrants in the field are doing amazing work in addition to being experienced midwives, so it really is such an honor to be receiving this as a student midwife!

“I am inspired daily by the tremendous women that we work with at Mummy's Star. It is thanks to them and the memory of Mair Wallroth, that I have come to win this award."

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