With Mother’s Day fast approaching, many of us will be celebrating our own mums and the work that they do for us. There are a lot of incredible mums in Stoke-on-Trent, so here are some of the most inspiring, who have been making their mark on communities.
Stephanie Talbot – CEO of Alice Charity
Alice Charity aims to give help to disadvantaged families and children in and around Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. Stephanie is the CEO and one of the founders of the charity. She manages to balance this with working as an accountant and being a mother-of-two, as well as a grandmother of three!
Abi Brown – Conservative Councillor and Deputy Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Abi passionately rallied in the bid for Stoke-on-Trent to become the UK City of Culture, as well as securing the Tower of London Poppies for the city, which will be installed in Middleport Pottery this year. Between council meetings and working towards the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent, Abi is a dedicated mother-of-two.
Sheila Brown – CEO and Co-Founder of Newlife
Sheila was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to child health. She has a long history in the charity sector, both voluntary and professionally, at national and local level. This is a subject close to Sheila’s heart as two of her three sons have faced disability in their lives. The Newlife charity gives a wide range of help to children with disabilities and terminal illnesses – which includes everything from research and specialist equipment, to emotional support and advice on benefits.
Laura Smith – Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich
Formerly a teacher, this mother-of-two has also tutored a number of children who struggled with confidence issues. Funding cuts in Cheshire East led to Laura organising a protest in Nantwich followed by one in Sandbach, which attracted over 1,000 people. As she was already a member of the Labour party, she was consequently selected to join the race to be the local MP for Crewe and Nantwich, which she later won by 48 votes.
Nicola Burndred – set up the Jordan Burndred Memorial Fund with the CRY Charity
Nicola, a mum-of-three, sadly lost her son Jordan to an unexpected heart-attack whilst they were on holiday in Turkey. She has managed to turn this very unfortunate event, into something positive by raising money for CRY for over two years. The money raised goes towards funding heart screenings for young people, to prevent what happened to her family from happening to anyone else.
Lisa Cartwright – Founder of Greyhound Gap
Greyhound Gap was set up by Lisa, becoming a Registered Charity in March 2006 and has since helped hundreds of dogs each year. They have also managed to save dogs from being put to sleep, by giving them a safe place to reside in while they wait for their ‘forever home’. Lisa has helped to communicate the importance of giving older dogs a second chance, rather than just choosing puppies from a breeder or rescue home.
Karen Bradley – Conservative MP for Staffordshire Moorlands
As well as her role as Staffordshire MP, Karen is also the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. This busy mother’s career has seen many successes, the biggest of which was securing the passing of the Modern Slavery Act, which is a landmark piece of legislation.
Cheryl Gerrard – Lidice Lives
Between 6 and 7 years ago, Cheryl re-established links with the Czech Republic village of Lidice, which was rebuilt by locals along with Stoke-on-Trent workers, after it was obliterated by Nazis in the 1940s. Since then, Cheryl has repeatedly visited the village as part of the ‘Lidice Lives’ campaign. This work led to Cheryl and her husband, Alan, being awarded the Community Champions award at the annual 6 Towns Radio Awards in February.
Nikki Barrett – Affordable Foods Stoke
Affordable Foods UK have cash & carry stores in a number UK towns. Nikki Barrett is the owner and manager of Affordable Foods Stoke in Blurton, which aims to reduce the level of waste in Stoke-on-Trent. It also provides discounted food which is damaged, past it’s ‘best before’ date or short dated. Nikki’s efforts have been a huge success, and shoppers can keep up to date with what’s new in stock on their Facebook page.