Michelle lost her teenage sister to cancer in 1995 and in 2003 at the age of 36, she survived thyroid cancer. Since then she has run, hiked and cycled all over the world raising money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support. By using her voice locally, regionally and nationally she has made a difference not only in her local community but also in the health and social care and voluntary and community sectors. She was incredibly proud to receive the British Empire Medal in 2013 for Voluntary Community and Charity Work in Darlington and County Durham. Michelle is driven by a passion to ensure that the patient, carer, and public voice is not only listened to but understood and acted upon appropriately.