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



Surname First name Area Category* Profile
Bissett Emmy Bredbury Prof Set up own business teaching sewing
Burrows Barbara Weaverham Comm/Pers Fundraiser for Cheshire Asbestos Victim Support Group
Cann Heather Bollington Comm Laurel award for outstanding contribution to guiding & local comm
Chadwick Carol Dukinfield Prof 50 years’ service in NHS & Midwifery
Cheshire Rowan Alsagar Comm/Pers Gold Medal in Calgary Half Pike Snow Boarding
Clarke OBE Gillian Mile End,Stockport Prof Lead Nurse Practitioner for women’s health
Coates Natasha Appleton Comm/Pers Determination in overcoming health issues
Coffey Ann Stockport Prof/ Comm MP championing children’s issues
Constantine Jan Betley Prof / Comm Created 2012 Olympics merchandise
Cork Olivia Alsagar Comm/Pers Helping others despite personal difficulties
Crowhurst Yvonne Oxton Prof Head of Training, Wirral Autistic Society
Davies MBE Gillian Lymm Prof Outstanding contribution to oral health & dentistry
Eardley Lynne Alsagar Comm Inspiring volunteer working with young people
Garner Joanne Helsby Prof / Comm Set up support group for autism
Hamilton Natasha Northwich Comm /Pers Inspirational fundraiser
Hawkes MBE Margaret Bromborough Comm Foster Carer for over 40 years
Hennell Sheena Heswall Comm Fundraiser and supporter for children with disabilities
Johnson Vivien Walton Comm Organiser of groups for young people
Koffler Sara Cheadle Comm/Pers Inspirational community helper and role model
Lane Libby Atrincham Prof First woman Bishop in the UK
Leitch MBE Diana Didsbury Prof Catalyst Science Discovery Centre Trustee
Maddock Patricia Northwich Comm 30 years as a volunteer supporting youth football
Muir Shelagh Birkenhead Prof/Comm/Pers Inspiring Leader in Science and Business
Nash OBE Carole Bowden Prof/Comm Philantropist
Norris Chelsea Offerton Comm Patron St Ann’s Hospice, Cheadle. Radio Presenter
O’Keefe Christine Disley Prof Only female chimney sweep in NW England
Ramprogus Susan Wilmslow Prof/ Comm Improved health & social care in the NW
Rice Pat Wallasey Prof/ Comm Outstanding work with vulnerable young people
Samuel Marion Little Sutton Comm/Pers Fundraiser for breast cancer charity
Sivori Christine Heaton Moor Comm Volunteer at Manchester & Salford Lifeshare
Sloan Myra Heswall Prof/Comm Medical support & training for developing countries
Smith Jane Alsager Comm Offers free psychotherapy in local community
Sowden Sara Chester Comm/ Pers Inspirational fundraiser
Stoddart OBE Jean Willaston Comm Prolific fundraiser and hospice supporter
Stone Joanne Cranage Prof Co-Founder of Puddleducks swimming clubs UK
Townend Tracy Holmes Chapel Prof Co-Founder of Puddleducks swimming clubs UK
Vaughan Jan Parkgate Prof Director, Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Clinical Networks
Watson Joanne Little Neston Comm Fundraiser for Clatterbridge Oncology Centre
Williams June Chester Comm Daughter of founder of Chester Zoo
Williams Sian Higher Bebington Prof Awarded Haygarth Medal for NHS work
Whimpanny Elizabeth High Legh Prof Founder of EAM Care Group providing respite care for children
Wong Belinda Sale Prof/Comm Bag manufacturer supporting education in China
 Wroe  Ivy  Stockport  Prof Managing Director & Owner of Resin Surfaces Ltd

* Prof- Professional Achievement

Comm-Community Service

Pers – Personal Courage