A BREAST cancer survivor has been honoured for her work in the community celebrating women affected by the disease.

Sarah Pickles, from Middlewich, was diagnosed in 2014 with triple-negative breast cancer at the age of 32.

During her treatment journey, which included a double mastectomy and reconstruction, she met many inspirational people.

Now 41, Sarah was determined to set up an event to honour them and this year held the inaugural Butterfly Breast Cancer Awards recognising women affected by the disease and their supporting loved ones.

For her efforts setting up the awards, Sarah herself was honoured at the Crème de la Crème Small Business Awards 2023, taking home the Community Champion prize.

She said: "I have carried the vision for these awards in my heart and it was a magical moment watching it come to life.

"The ceremony became a testament to the strength and beauty of the countless individuals fluttering like butterflies in the breast cancer community, each making a remarkable impact.

Northwich Guardian: Sarah going to collect her awardSarah going to collect her award (Image: Mark Copeland)

"It was a night where the achievements and dedication of these extraordinary individuals took centre stage.

"Winning the Community Champion award was truly an incredible and unexpected honour.

"It meant so much to me, especially considering the challenging year I've had. This recognition for an event I've been passionate about bringing to life since my own cancer journey nine years ago filled me with a profound sense of accomplishment."

Sarah continued to organise the Butterfly Breast Cancer Awards despite having a health scare in January, which led to multiple operations.

She added: "Receiving this acknowledgment while still in recovery and just four weeks after my fourth operation added an extra layer of significance, reminding me of the resilience and strength that the community and I share.

"It's a testament to the power of perseverance and the impact that a dedicated community can have in the face of adversity and the importance of always having hope."

The Crème de la Crème Small Business Awards were set up by The Cheshire Club CEO Joanna Scott-Aspray to celebrate the county's businesses and entrepreneurs.

Northwich Guardian: Host Oli Dunn with winner Laura GrannellHost Oli Dunn with winner Laura Grannell (Image: Mark Copeland)

Also winning a Crème de la Crème award at the November 17 ceremony was Laura Grannell, from Winsford, who took home the Small Business of the Year 2023 crown.

Her Nantwich-based business, Stagecoach Performing Arts, has helped thousands of children and teenagers over the past 17 years develop confidence and communication skills.

Laura said: "Winning small business of the year was truly magical! To even be nominated was an honour in itself.

"There were so many incredible business taking part which was also amazing to see. Being in a room with so many inspiring people was the pinnacle of the evening. Then to actually win –wow."

Other winners on the night

Mrs Scott-Aspray said: "The nominations, finalists and voting this year was far higher than last year and has far exceeded expectations in just two years. 

"The Cheshire Club champions and mentors businesses to help towards visibility and I’m proud to say the awards are a small part of what we do to help businesses growth, their success and powerful introductions.

Northwich Guardian: The Crème de la Crème Small Business Awards 2023The Crème de la Crème Small Business Awards 2023 (Image: Mark Copeland)

"I would personally like to thank everyone for their support especially our amazing sponsors without whom the event would not be possible."

Winners include: 

Outstanding Entrepreneur Award 2023 (sponsored by Rodial Beauty)

Amy Linton – Glossy Interiors

Family Business of the Year 2023 (supported by Sarah Stephens Escapes)

Nicola & Stephen Sands – Applehead Media Ltd.  

Small Business of the Year 2023 (by Flossy the VW Vintage Camper)

Laura Grannell – Stagecoach Performing Arts

Highly Commended

Catherine Sandland – White Hart Training

Charity of the Year 2023 (sponsored by Aqueous Digital)

Rachael Borman – AmaSing Arts Charity Foundation

Female of the Year 2023 (sponsored by Applehead Media Ltd)

Beverley Steele – Steele PR Ltd said 

Male of the Year 2023 (sponsored by Rockstar Spirits)

Marcus Matthews – Make your Life Count 

Best Business Start-Up (two years) 2023 (sponsored by Aga Mortlock Photography)

Teana Lynne & Andy Shelton – The Naughty Badger Bistro 

Highly Commended

Pam Shanker - Pam Shanker Coaching and founder of “The Universe Café (Law of Attraction)

Best Customer Service 2023 (supported by Streetstar Studios)

Catherine Hayden – CEO of Heavenly Homes Cleaning

Community Champion 2023 (sponsored by Pam Shanker Coaching)

Sarah E Pickles – The Butterfly Breast Cancer Awards

Outstanding Self Development & Business Growth 2023 (sponsored by Steele PR Ltd)

Alison Blackler – 2minds

Rising Star of the Year Award 2023 (sponsored by Heavenly Homes Cleaning)

Naomi Victoria – Personally Positive

Joanna’s Award - Most Outstanding Achievement Award 2023 (sponsored by The Cheshire Club)

Sue France 

Audience’s Choice - Most Outstanding & Inspiring Person Award 2023

Lara Besbrode – The Matchmaker UK

Overall Excellence Winner Award (presented by Silk 106.9 FM Radio)

Rachael Borman – AmaSing Arts Charity Foundation