Brave Jennifer to collect top women’s award

Jennifer, with husband Andy and baby Oliver.

Jennifer, with husband Andy and baby Oliver.

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A LEVEN woman has been honoured with the title of being one of the country’s most amazing women.

Jennifer Gill (26), was chosen by users of MyDaily.co.uk, AOL UK’s leading women’s website as part of its Amazing Women Daily campaign, a nationwide search to find Britain’s biggest unsung heroes.

Jennifer, a teacher at Waid Academy, was chosen for her courage in turning the personal tragedy of losing her 24-week-old son Oliver on Christmas Day last year, to a rare and aggressive form of cancer, into a beacon of hope for others.

With her husband Andy Gill (27), Jennifer set up the charity LoveOliver and since January, they have raised an astonishing £43,000, through various events, to help fund research into childhood cancer and provide practical support to families affected by it.

Of her win, Jennifer told the Mail: “It’s lovely and unexpected to have been nominated for this award as the way we coped with Oliver’s illness and the work we have done for LoveOliver has not been something I would consider to be “amazing”, as it has all been about our love for Oliver and doing the best for him in every way possible - both when he was here and since Christmas Day 2010.

“Andy and I put our all into loving and caring for Oliver and making the best of the situation we were faced with - and LoveOliver is the way we can continue to do that.”

The Amazing Women campaign launched in May, asking MyDaily readers to nominate their Amazing Women, and as well as recognising the UK’s most deserving women, its aim was to raise money for Coppafeel! (www.coppafeel.org), the breast cancer charity focused on generating breast cancer awareness among young women.

Each week for seven weeks, the public voted for five winners, all of whom will be celebrated at a star-studded awards ceremony.

Held in London’s illustrious Savoy Hotel, it is to be hosted by singer, model and former X Factor judge Danni Minogue.

Of the event, Jennifer - who was nominated by her sister-in-law Esther Black, who will be attending with her - said: “In the circumstances, it will be good to be there, as it is an example of the impact Oliver and LoveOliver are having and it will also help to promote LoveOliver - but at the same time I would, of course, prefer that none of this was happening, as it would mean Oliver would still be here with us. Bittersweet.”

• www.loveoliver.org.uk