Awards Recognition

Northern Enterprise 2016 Awards
RCNi – Nurse Awards 2016 – Shortlisted for The Supporting Carers Award
Nursing Times – Finalist For Nurse Leader Of The Year
THE BIBAs – Finalist For Third Sector Business Of The Year
Enterprise Vision Awards – Finalist for Inspirational Woman Of The Year
E3 Business Awards – Finalist for Social Enterprise Of The Year & Outstanding Businesswoman Of The Year

northern-enterprise-awardsNorthern Enterprise 2016 “POWERFUL TOGETHER” Awards

Shortlisted For 3 Awards!

Businesses across the third, private and public sector will unite at Northern Enterprise 2016 to develop a clear strategy for mass collaboration, put social value on the agenda of key influencers and decision-makers and provide a platform for the private sector to adopt new delivery models.

Rosie Jolly, CEO of Social Enterprise Network, said: “Through social enterprise, collectively we can shape the changing face of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, through its ability to deliver effective and efficient social value outcomes, which will be essential to the success of devolution.”

Following on from the conference and exhibition will be the Northern Enterprise 2016 “POWERFUL TOGETHER” Awards, which recognises the achievements of individuals and businesses.

Shelley Perry has been shortlisted for the following Awards:

  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Leadership Award
  • Profound Impact Award

Well done Shelley 🙂

RCNi – Nurse Awards 2016

Supporting Carers Award – Shortlisted

RCNi is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal College of Nursing. RCNi produces eleven nursing publications including Nursing Standard, the UK’s best-selling nursing journal, and a range of specialist journals. RCNi also hosts the annual Nurse Awards, celebrating excellence in nursing

This award is for nurses who have developed initiatives to support carers and who can demonstrate that their initiative has had a positive impact on carers’ own physical and mental health as well as improving the health outcomes for the person being cared for.

Shelley Perry the clinical director of Breathe Therapies certainly qualifies for these requirements. She was nominated for prestigious RCNi (Royal College of Nursing) Awards and went to London in March to do a presentation!

Having recovered from an eating disorder herself, she wanted to help family members; friends and partners manage a range of distressing emotions in particular panic, worry and guilt. Information is practical and relevant where open support sessions give attendees the chance to discuss particular issues and a network of peer support. Also, family therapy is provided when needed and Shelley runs an online support group.

She has set up advice and information clinics for carers as part of a range of nurse-led services for people with eating disorders in Lancashire offered in the wonderful services of the sister charity S.E.E.D Support and Education for Eating Disorders. A carers advice and information clinic is provided at Galloways for the blind in Preston, once a fortnight on a Friday night 7.00-8.30pm for parents, partners, siblings and friends to attend.

As well as, offering other carers interventions through the services at Breathe Therapies that has a range of experienced clinicians and offers carers interventions, 1:1 advice, support and coaching, family therapy and family communication.

Shelley was nominated for prestigious RCNi (Royal College of Nursing) Awards and went to London in March to do a presentation!

Winners were announced on May 6th and sadly Shelley didn’t win but it was a fantastic achievement just to be nominated!

Well done Shelley!


Nursing Times – Finalist For Nurse Leader Of The Year

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Nursing Times Award Criteria

“Clinical leaders have a fundamental role in ensuring the quality of nursing practice and patient care. The best community team leaders, ward sisters and charge nurses lead by example, providing their team with an excellent role model, demonstrating compassion and a commitment to ensuring their ward or unit offers the highest quality and safest care possible. They are aware of their patients’ needs and firm advocates on their behalf, understand the importance of informing and reassuring patients and relatives, and have the skills to lead, manage and motivate a team that is committed to offering excellent and compassionate care to all patients.

This award aims to recognise an exceptional nurse leader who embodies these qualities; it is open to any nurse, working in the community or in an acute environment who is leading a team of any size is eligible to apply. We welcome entries from candidates themselves or nominations from those who wish to highlight a leader from the NHS or independent sector who they believe merits this recognition.”


The awards are conferred at a ceremony taking place on October 26, 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

 THE BIBAs – Finalist For Third Sector Business Of The Year


The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, is Lancashire’s largest and longest running business awards programme.


Run by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce – Lancashire’s largest business membership organisation – the BIBAs entered its 10th year in 2016.

Members of the Breathe team with the BIBAs judging panel during a recent visit.

Biba Assessment Finalist











Enterprise Vision Awards – Finalist for Inspirational Woman Of The Year

The Enterprise Vision Awards recognise women in business from across the North West. Shelley is a finalist in the Inspirational Woman category.


E3 Business Awards

Finalist for Social Enterprise Of The Year & Outstanding Businesswoman Of The Year

3 Awards

Ruby & Shelley Shout From The Rooftops on Bee FM

Bee FM LogoEating Disorders: A Closer Look

“Shelley and Ruby Henderson, our clinical co-ordinator were featured on local radio station Bee FM in April in its Eating Disorders programme. 

We are indebted to Bee and all other broadcasters and publishers for their continued awareness creation efforts in the fight against the scourge of eating disorders.

You can see the original content by following these links:

Eating Disorder Myths | Anorexia Nervosa | Bulimia Nervosa

Listen to Shelley and Ruby’s broadcast:

or read extracts from the show here:

Eating Disorders: A Closer Look

SEED (Support and Education for Eating Disorders) in Preston was set up by Shelley Perry after she herself recovered from Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. A five year battle for her, ended in recovery – something which her organisation says is important to remember: people can get better.

Shelley says there still isn’t enough help out there for people with eating disorders, despite all the work her team does in Lancashire.

Ruby Henderson works with Shelley as a clinical co-ordinator, she first developed an eating disorder at 12 years old – but has now been well for three years. She says being given the knowledge that she could get over her illness was the start of her recovery.

For more help and support if you’re struggling with an eating disorder, visit your GP or head to

A Closer Look at Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is characterised by a person severely limiting their consumption of food and often, physically exerting themselves to a much greater level than their calorie intake.

SEED (Support and Education for Eating Disorders) and Breathe Eating Disorder Services in Preston say there is still a long way to go before everyone with an eating disorder is properly supported.

Shelley Perry is the chief executive of SEED and the clinical director at Breathe. Shelley herself suffered with an eating disorder for 5 years in her late teens and has now been fully recovered for over 20 years.

A Closer Look at Bulimia Nervosa

The cross over between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa is often difficult to define and varies greatly from patient to patient.

The diagnosis of anorexia is based on having a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 with other symptoms. Somebody could present the same symptoms entirely but be diagnosed with bulimia because their BMI is above 18.5.

Typically, people with bulimia don’t restrict their intake of food as much as an anorexic patient – or they exercise less and so don’t use the energy from the food they eat.

Shelley Perry is the chief executive of SEED (Support and Education for Eating Disorders) and the clinical director of Breathe Eating Disorder Services, “SEED came first – that’s the charity, and Breathe is the treatment arm of the charity. I set those services up initially in 2007.”

“It started out as a support group on the back of my mental health nurse training, but primarily on the back of my own experience with having had an eating disorder.”

“I was increasingly aware, as a nurse, that there weren’t services available in Lancashire for people with eating disorders.”

Shelley’s eating disorder started when she was 17 and lasted for 5 years. She battled with anorexia and bulimia and in the audio clip above, she says there’s a fine line between the two.

Shelley says there’s a psychological element that separates the two diagnoses, “The person who’s more likely to be bulimic tends to be much more chaotic and reactive in their personality.”

“They’re more likely to react to an event by maybe binge drinking, binge eating or doing something in response to an emotional experience.”

“Whereas the anorexic client is more likely to respond by restricting, internalising things and be less communicative of their emotional reaction.”

Shelley says the two illnesses are as dangerous as each other, “Physically, the disturbance from binging, vomiting, amphetamine use and over exercising that somebody with bulimia might be embarking on, is just as dangerous if not more so than someone who’s restricting their intake to 500 calories a day.”

“It’s probably more unstable for someone to be doing all of that because the heart just can’t cope with it. Although it isn’t a good behaviour – at least the anorexic client’s body is used to only a certain amount of calories and it’s fairly consistent. The bulimic client is chaotic; physically and emotionally.”

46% of people with an eating disorder will make a full recovery from their illness. Ruby Henderson also works at the two services in Preston, having recovered from an eating disorder herself. In this audio clip, she explains how she got help from the very place she’s ended up working:

Ruby says the lengths she went to during the darkest points of her bulimia sound ridiculous to her when she says it back, “I’d eat things like frozen pizza before I’d even defrosted it.”

“It was just about putting as much in my body as possible.”

“I felt like a mad woman. I’d watch myself doing it, not really feeling in control of what was happening.”

“I’m not proud to admit it, but there were times when I went in to supermarkets and stole food because I just needed to feed that obsession.”

“I would eat massive amounts until I was in excruciating pain and then I would throw it up. That would continue and I’d do it all day and all night and get stuck in a cycle.”

Ruby’s been well for three years – both physically and emotionally. In this audio clip, she says there were several factors that lead to her recovery:

If you think you or someone you know would benefit from the help provided by SEED and Breathe – there are several ways to get help.

The first port of call is generally your GP, but there are drop in groups – details of which can be found on the SEED website.

“Breathe Therapies would like to thank Bee FM for making this essential communication possible – it is much appreciated :-)”

SEED Team Of The Year Recognised For Community Service

Sister Charity SEED Support and Education For Enduring Eating Disorders were honoured to receive the “Community Team Of The Year Award”

Volunteering and Community Leadership Awards honour young people who have made a difference to local community

The vital community role played by students and young people throughout the county has been celebrated at a special awards ceremony.

Organised by the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the 54 awards honoured the work of people from all walks of life who give up their own free time to make a difference to communities across Lancashire through their time, talent and dedication.

In 2013/14 the Centre recruited and inducted 1804 students into volunteering. Throughout the year these students have contributed 13,355.45 hours of volunteering action, equating to £166,943.13 to the local economy. Since 1999 the Centre has inducted over 10,000 volunteers locally, nationally and internationally.
“Students and young people sometimes get a bad press but these awards highlight the vital the contribution they make as volunteers, sharing their growing knowledge and expertise through social action.”

Dr Alethea Melling MBE, Director of the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, said: “Our Centre has held a celebration event for the past decade and every year it’s become tougher to choose the winners.

“Students and young people sometimes get a bad press but these awards highlight the vital the contribution they make as volunteers, sharing their growing knowledge and expertise through social action. Our statistics demonstrate the significant economic value of their work, but the social value is priceless.

“Our awardees and nominees are an inspiration to all, a credit to themselves, the University and the communities they serve.”

Categories for which students and young people were nominated included: Community Legends 2014, Community Heroes 2014, Community Team of the Year, Volunteering Lancashire Young Volunteer of the Year 2014, the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Volunteering and the very special Joe Medforth Challenge Award, in memory of a Preston student killed in the city in 2006.

The celebration event brought together organisations and community groups from across Lancashire who work with UCLan to promote student-led social action. These include Lancashire County Council, Myerscough College (new this year), local schools and young people, external volunteers from the community and their friends and family members.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by policing student and talented singer Chloe Walker while the hosts were married couple Saima and Bilal Zeb Gondal. Bilal is a student on the BA (Hons) Community Leadership while Saima is studying on the MA in Community Leadership.

“Our awardees and nominees are an inspiration to all, a credit to themselves, the University and the communities they serve.”

After receiving the award on behalf of SEED, Shelley Perry said “SEED and the people of Preston are truly fortunate to have such enthusiastic and fine young people who are prepared to help their community. We are very grateful for the help of all our volunteers, for whom this award is deserved recognition of their unselfish and generous attitude.”

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