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Cheshire Woman of the Year 2024


Mel Kelly


Mel Kelly has been described as a young visionary whose life and work for the community show her unwavering courage and compassion.

Mel was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 22. In a split second, her world as she knew it, changed and she was now in a fight for survival. She faced immediate brain surgery, and her recovery meant she was in a wheelchair, learning to re-dress herself and shower unaided.

During her hospital stay, Mel faced her diagnosis with a positive attitude and tackled adversity head on. Mel has become the driver of many campaigns and is regularly journeying across the country taking part in initiatives and campaign launches.

When Mel realised that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer for people under the age of 40, she set out to raise awareness and founded her own business ‘Motivating Minds Ltd’.  She likes to share information with young sufferers and what to expect when diagnosed.  This is something she couldn’t access when she was first diagnosed as a young person with this rare condition.

Despite this journey, she has dedicated herself to charity and started to raise money for others going through the same thing as her. In the past 18 months, Mel has raised thousands of pounds for The Brain Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust and Move Against Cancer. She is pressing for change in kinder treatments and earlier diagnosis.

Mel’s dedication to supporting the Brain Tumour Charity through diverse and creative fundraising efforts showcases her enthusiastic approach to charity. Whether it’s the daring feat of abseiling down The Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, walking 12 miles to mark 12 weeks recovery, the endurance challenge of the Yorkshire 3 peaks, or the community spirit of organising bake sales. She is currently training for a triathlon in August this year.

She has recently become an official young ambassador for the Brain Tumour Charity and was featured on the BBC Lifeline Appeal with Nicky Chapman. Mel has used her voice and platform to spotlight the urgent need for brain tumour research and support.

Mel’s influence extends far beyond the realm of motivational speaking. She has taken her commitment in fighting brain tumours to extraordinary lengths.

Mel Kelly’s story is one of transformation and purpose. It is a story that goes beyond personal achievement, providing hope and empowerment to others facing their own battles. Her work not only raises vital funds for the fight against brain tumours, but also lifts the spirits of countless individuals, encouraging them to believe in their ability to overcome adversity.

Mel believes that no matter what happens, with the right people around you, you can turn obstacles into opportunities.


Winner of Team Award – First female crew, RNLI West Kirby


Natalie Reeve-Billing was given the Children’s Literacy Champion Award


Sue Higginson OBE DL was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Further Education


CWA 2024

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2024 Sponsors

We are most grateful to the individuals and businesses from all parts of Cheshire who have helped us. Without them this very special event would not happen and we would not be able to raise funds for the NSPCC. Sponsorship of the event has raised almost £300,000 to help some of the most vulnerable children in Cheshire and Wirral.

Platinum Sponsor

Margaret Bell

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Here’s what some of our ladies have said.

Victoria Charlton

“It was absolutely amazing to be nominated for the Cheshire Woman Award. It was such a difficult time when we suddenly lost the dance school venue, but we just picked up the phone and started ringing round and within days we had venues sorted for all of the classes. It taught me that no matter what happens, you just have to take a deep breath and keep going.”

Suzanne Rippon

“I am so honoured to be here, but it’s not about me, we are all in it together. The Life Tree Cafe became a focal point during lockdown – a community safe haven, but I am here today to represent EVERYONE that’s been part of it.”

Julie Duff

“I am completely overwhelmed to have been nominated. It was totally unexpected, and I just feel so honoured that someone has taken the time to put me forward. It’s absolutely fantastic to be here today.”

Cheshire Woman of the Year

The Cheshire Woman of the Year Award is the perfect opportunity to provide truly worthy women with the recognition they deserve – recognition they might never otherwise receive. It is an annual event that has been held for a number of years and supports the NSPCC’s work in Cheshire and Wirral.