Stacey Radcliffe, won the title of 2017 FHT Student Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.
The award was presented to Stacey at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the FHT, the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary therapy and integrated healthcare.
Stacey was nominated for the award by one of her tutors, Gemma Jones, while studying for a BSc (Hons) in Complementary Therapies in Healthcare at Glyndŵr University.
Stacey was selected as the winner of the FHT Student of the Year category in recognition of not just her academic performance, but also for her drive and commitment to complete her studies, despite facing exceptional personal setbacks throughout her degree course. Following a breast cancer diagnosis, Stacey underwent numerous gruelling treatments, including chemotherapy, a single then double mastectomy, and corrective surgery after a failed breast reconstruction. In addition, Stacey lost her mother, as well as a fourth child, just before she was born, who was diagnosed with a rare condition called Edward’s Disease.
As awards judge and FHT Vice President, Jonathan Hobbs, commented: ‘Anyone would be forgiven for stepping back from their studies but Stacey worked diligently towards her goal, not letting serious ill-health or tragedy prevent her from achieving what she set out to do. All this while maintaining a positive approach to her studies, engaging with all of the course activities, carrying out voluntary treatments and also being a wife and devoted mother of three.’
Stacey now works as a self-employed complementary therapist and has been providing treatments at St Kentigern Hospice, St Asaph, for over a year, offering support to people with active, progressive or advanced illness.
Speaking about her win, Stacey says: ‘I feel so honoured, proud and humbled to accept this award. I am truly overwhelmed and so grateful for the support, kindness and empathy that I have been shown, by my family, friends, tutors, peers and the FHT. This award is the perfect end to completing my degree and I am so excited to see where this takes me in my next chapter as a fully qualified complementary therapist’.