1345. Hilary Maxwell
Hilary Maxwell, from Weymouth, is the founder of ‘Go Girls’, providing confidential digital advice and support to hundreds of women and girls with gynaecological cancers.
A nurse for over a decade who lost her partner to cancer, Hilary set up the charity in 2015 to ensure all women and families could receive support at every step of their journey with cancer. She also educates thousands of people across the country on women’s cancers and fertility issues.
Hilary’s award follows International Women’s Day, on 8 March, the global day of celebration for women’s achievements and gender equality.
In a personal letter to Hilary, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how you are giving confidential support and advice to hundreds of women and girls at a time when they need it most.”
“I am thrilled to win this award. ‘GO Girls’ will continue to work very hard to champion gynaecological cancers and offer support to all women affected by them. There are many challenges for both women and their families in this area, where survival in ovarian cancer has not improved in the last 20 years. We hope with our work, we will continue to help raise awareness.”