2015 Cheshire Woman Award

2015 Cheshire Woman of the Year

Pat Rice

Pat Rice has lived in Wirral since she was a small child. She was brought up in New Brighton and enjoyed many summers playing on the local beach. Even as a child, Pat had a strong sense of ‘wanting to help’, she would offer to do neighbours shopping and more particularly to walk their dogs.

Once working, in the Civil Service, Pat was still active in the community. In her spare time she volunteered at a children’s home, taking children out on trips and having fun. She was also instrumental in fundraising to buy a guide dog for the visually impaired.

In her early twenties Pat spent three years travelling and working in Australia. Even here she got involved in community work at an Aborigine mission. Back in England, Pat’s work with young people began in earnest, firstly working as a volunteer, then training formally as a Youth and Community worker.

Twenty six years on, Pat is very proud of her contribution to the work of Wirral Youth Service and her personal positive impact on young peoples’ lives. She currently works  as Head of Response, an agency which supports young people in crisis; young people  whose experience of life is far beyond what they should be dealing with at an early age. Vulnerable young people who are homeless, at risk of sexual exploitation, struggling with mental health issues, self-harming and contemplating suicide, struggling with substance abuse and addictions, all of these are in a day’s work for Pat. It is a demanding, challenging and often emotional job, but infinitely rewarding.

Keeping young people safe is a crucial part of Pat’s personal philosophy as well as her job. She ensures the service offered to young people is creative, effective, innovative and responsive. Meaningful, supportive relationships are built, not only with young people but with their families, schools and communities. This creates a consistent presence in the lives of young people and goes a long way towards normalising interaction and trust.

In her downtime Pat enjoys walking with her dog (typically a rescue Labradoodle), camping, travelling and the odd spot of DIY (again, helping her friends out).

Pat believes we all have a part to play in making our communities safe. We all have a role in helping to keep children and young people safe, we all have a role in building up resilience, listening to what young people say and hearing what they tell us.

Pat Rice



SurnameFirst nameAreaCategory*Profile
BissettEmmyBredburyProfSet up own business teaching sewing
BurrowsBarbaraWeaverhamComm/PersFundraiser for Cheshire Asbestos Victim Support Group
CannHeatherBollingtonCommLaurel award for outstanding contribution to guiding & local comm
ChadwickCarolDukinfieldProf50 years’ service in NHS & Midwifery
CheshireRowanAlsagarComm/PersGold Medal in Calgary Half Pike Snow Boarding
Clarke OBEGillianMile End,StockportProfLead Nurse Practitioner for women’s health
CoatesNatashaAppletonComm/PersDetermination in overcoming health issues
CoffeyAnnStockportProf/ CommMP championing children’s issues
ConstantineJanBetleyProf / CommCreated 2012 Olympics merchandise
CorkOliviaAlsagarComm/PersHelping others despite personal difficulties
CrowhurstYvonneOxtonProfHead of Training, Wirral Autistic Society
Davies MBEGillianLymmProfOutstanding contribution to oral health & dentistry
EardleyLynneAlsagarCommInspiring volunteer working with young people
GarnerJoanneHelsbyProf / CommSet up support group for autism
HamiltonNatashaNorthwichComm /PersInspirational fundraiser
Hawkes MBEMargaretBromboroughCommFoster Carer for over 40 years
HennellSheenaHeswallCommFundraiser and supporter for children with disabilities
JohnsonVivienWaltonCommOrganiser of groups for young people
KofflerSaraCheadleComm/PersInspirational community helper and role model
LaneLibbyAtrinchamProfFirst woman Bishop in the UK
Leitch MBEDianaDidsburyProfCatalyst Science Discovery Centre Trustee
MaddockPatriciaNorthwichComm30 years as a volunteer supporting youth football
MuirShelaghBirkenheadProf/Comm/PersInspiring Leader in Science and Business
Nash OBECaroleBowdenProf/CommPhilantropist
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O’KeefeChristineDisleyProfOnly female chimney sweep in NW England
RamprogusSusanWilmslowProf/ CommImproved health & social care in the NW
RicePatWallaseyProf/ CommOutstanding work with vulnerable young people
SamuelMarionLittle SuttonComm/PersFundraiser for breast cancer charity
SivoriChristineHeaton MoorCommVolunteer at Manchester & Salford Lifeshare
SloanMyraHeswallProf/CommMedical support & training for developing countries
SmithJaneAlsagerCommOffers free psychotherapy in local community
SowdenSaraChesterComm/ PersInspirational fundraiser
Stoddart OBEJeanWillastonCommProlific fundraiser and hospice supporter
StoneJoanneCranageProfCo-Founder of Puddleducks swimming clubs UK
TownendTracyHolmes ChapelProfCo-Founder of Puddleducks swimming clubs UK
VaughanJanParkgateProfDirector, Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Clinical Networks
WatsonJoanneLittle NestonCommFundraiser for Clatterbridge Oncology Centre
WilliamsJuneChesterCommDaughter of founder of Chester Zoo
WilliamsSianHigher BebingtonProfAwarded Haygarth Medal for NHS work
WhimpannyElizabethHigh LeghProfFounder of EAM Care Group providing respite care for children
WongBelindaSaleProf/CommBag manufacturer supporting education in China
 Wroe Ivy Stockport ProfManaging Director & Owner of Resin Surfaces Ltd

* Prof- Professional Achievement

Comm-Community Service

Pers – Personal Courage