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Student midwife nominated for Woman of the Year award

1 November, 2016

Student midwife nominated for Woman of the Year award

A midwifery student and RCM award winner was nominated for a Woman of the Year award for helping new mothers who have cancer.

Nicolette Peel, who is a student midwife at The University of Salford and mum of three, co-founded charity Mummy’s Star just before she began her midwifery studies.

Since then, the 44-year-old, herself twice a breast cancer survivor, has been juggling being the chair of the charity with being a student and a mother.

Nicolette said that it was ‘amazing’ to have been nominated.

‘I was contacted by the head of maternity for NHS England, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent. She asked me to give her contact details, but I had no idea why. When I found out I had been nominated, it a came as a wonderful surprise,’ she said.  

Nicolette, who will graduate in December, is on a steering committee for pregnant asylum-seekers in Greater Manchester and also chaired the midwifery society at Salford University.

She was also the first student to be invited to speak on the main stage of the RCM annual conference, which took place in October.

Nicolette won the RCM president’s volunteer award earlier this year.

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.

Lisa Bacon, director of midwifery, counselling and psychotherapy, described Nicolette as ‘an amazing and inspirational woman who is more than deserving of this nomination’.

The awards lunch will took place in October and were attended by the prime minister Theresa May. Previous attendees of the Women of the Year lunch have included Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters CBE and Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Women of the Year has recognised, celebrated and inspired women of all backgrounds since 1955.

For more information about the charity Mummy’s Star, visit the charity's website.

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