Date published: March 17, 2016
Student scoops Royal College of Midwives Award
Our student Nicolette Peel has been presented with a Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Award for her voluntary work in maternal and child health.
Nicolette, who studies midwifery at the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, was given the President’s Volunteer Award on International Women’s Day.
The prize recognises an RCM member who has demonstrated how their volunteering experience has enriched or altered the maternity care provided in the UK.
It was one of the 15 categories presented at the RCM Midwifery Awards ceremony which took place in London on March 8.
Nicolette volunteered at Mummy’s Star, the only UK-based charity dedicated to offering support to women and their families who are affected by cancer during pregnancy.
Mummy’s Star, which she co-founded, also provides closed Facebook forums’ where women and their families are able to get in contact with people in similar situations to share stories and tips.
Speaking after she received the award, Nicolette said: “I am so surprised and absolutely delighted to have won this RCM Award.
“The other shortlisted entrants in the field are doing amazing work and are experienced midwives, so I feel even more honoured to be receiving this as a student midwife.
“I am inspired daily by the tremendous women that we work with at Mummy's Star.”
Lisa Bacon, Director of Midwifery, Counselling and Psychotherapy, said: “Nicolette is a truly amazing and inspirational woman who is more than deserving of this award. We are incredibly proud of her.”
Prizes are coming left, right and centre for our School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, after its lecturer Kathleen Holt was also presented with a prestigious British Journal of Midwifery Practice Award.
Kathleen, who teaches midwifery and neonatal care, received the accolade for her work in promoting neonatal wellbeing.