School of Health and Society 10.01.20

Salford graduate awarded MBE for charity work

Graduate Nicolette Peel has been made an MBE in recognition of her work with the charity Mummy’s Star, which supports pregnant women with cancer.

Nicolette was one of nearly 20 nurses and midwives named in the new year honours list. She set up the charity after being diagnosed with breast cancer herself shortly after the birth of her first child.

Mummy’s Star is the only charity of its kind in the UK and Ireland. It offers advice, support and financial assistance to women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months after giving birth.

On receiving her MBE, Nicolette said: "It fills me with joy that compassionate qualities are recognised and appreciated within our honours system, and that ordinary people are represented.

“Since we launched Mummy’s Star in 2013, we have had the privilege of getting to know so many amazing women and their families. We have worked hard to support not only pregnant and postnatal women with cancer, but also the professionals caring for them. It is so important that healthcare teams understand the unique needs & challenges faced by women in this incredibly hard situation. Something as small as being spoken to with joy about your pregnancy or beautiful newborn, rather than sympathy, for example, can really make a difference.”

Whilst setting up the charity, Nicolette began her training as a midwife at the University of Salford, graduating in 2016.

Lisa Bacon, Head of Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Education at the university, said: “We are absolutely bursting with pride – Nicolette is an extraordinary person and fully deserves this recognition. The charity that Nicolette runs 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.

“The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the year of nurses and midwives, and this is the perfect start to the year, recognising the amazing hard work and achievements of dedicated nurses and midwives like Nicolette.”

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