Pennine Acute Trust midwife attends prestigious Women of the Year lunch ceremony

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Pennine Acute Trust midwife attends prestigious Women of the Year lunch ceremony
13 October 2014

A midwife at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has attended a prestigious national awards luncheon in London.

Helena Broude who is from Prestwich and based at North Manchester General Hospital, was invited to join 450 inspirational women at the special 60th Women of the Year Lunch, which celebrates the achievements of women from across all backgrounds and fields. They are rewarded for their courage, selflessness and dedication.

The event took place on 13 October at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel, and Helena was invited to attend in celebration of her charity work, which has seen more than £3000,000 raised for a new day ward for the Youth Oncology Unit (YOU) at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Following the loss of her eldest son Robert to cancer in 2004, Helena began campaigning to raise money for the YOU in order to help other young people fighting the disease. Through her monumental fundraising efforts, including organising fun runs, quiz nights and charity functions, Helena, family and friends have raised enough money to open a new day ward in Robert’s name, and are continuing to raise money to improve facilities at the YOU.

Helena said: “After Robert died, we wanted to start fundraising as a way of remembering him and to help other young people struggling with cancer. We were thrilled to raise enough money to open Robert Broude’s Day Unit and be able to give back to the team that worked so hard to help our son. The staff who cared for Robert and gave him a fantastic quality of life during his treatment are my heroes.

“I couldn’t believe it when I received the invitation to the Women of the Year Lunch; my family, friends, and colleagues are all so proud of me. I’m really excited to meet all the other women who have done such wonderful work for good causes.”

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of Women of the Year, said:
“The significance of this year’s Lunch is that it marks 60 years of recognising and celebrating women who have made remarkable achievements. Each attendee and every award winner is special and deserves every ounce of recognition for not only their success, but also their determination to make a real difference.”

Dr Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
“On behalf of the Trust and Helena’s colleagues, I would like to congratulate Helena on this well-deserved recognition for her relentless determination to make a real difference on top of her day job where she is also regarded as a superb midwife”.

Previous attendees of the Women of the Year Lunch have included actresses Olivia Colman and Sheila Hancock CBE; broadcaster and writer Sandi Toksvig and TV presenter and journalist Baroness Joan Bakewell OBE.