In memory of Salford graduate Nicolette Peel MBE

Categories: School of Health and Society

Tragically, Salford graduate Nicolette Peel passed away on Tuesday 31 January after living with cancer for a number of years. 

Nicolette was made an MBE in 2020, in recognition of her work with the charity Mummy’s Star, which she co-founded after she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer herself after the birth of her third 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 of giving birth.

Whilst studying at Salford Nicolette won an award for the Best Academic Achievement in Nursing and Midwifery for her cohort and was Chair of the Student Midwifery Society. 

Nicolette was also awarded the highly prestigious Gold Chief Midwifery Officer Award for her work as a compassionate, sensitive midwife who goes “above and beyond and is valued both by her colleagues and the women she serves”. Her passion for midwifery showed in an impressive record, including the creation of an iLearn package for the Royal College of Midwives and speaking at numerous prestigious conferences both in the UK and abroad. 

Lisa Bacon, Head of Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Education at the University of Salford, said: “Nicolette was an amazing and much-loved midwife, colleague and friend to all in our Midwifery team and beyond. We were honoured she chose the University of Salford to start her career.

"We are proud beyond measure of Nicolette and all she achieved in setting up her amazing charity Mummy’s Star, which offers such incredible support to women and their families. We deeply mourn her loss and send our love and condolences to her family."

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