Inspirational mum nominated for award

Maya McCormack set to open the Laila-Milly Foundation charity in Hemsworth
Maya McCormack set to open the Laila-Milly Foundation charity in Hemsworth
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Inspirational mum Maya McCormack, who set up a charitable foundation in memory of her daughter, has been nominated for an award hailing her courage.

Maya McCormack set up the Laila Milly Foundation in memory of her daughter who died from a rare genetic condition in 2011.

The tot’s mum and father Steven started fundraising after little Laila Milly was diagnosed with Aicardi syndrome - and vowed to continue despite her death the day before her first birthday in March 2011.

Fundraiser Maya, from Hemsworth, set up the foundation to support families with children under the age of five suffering a life limiting condition or with complex health needs.

And her inspirational efforts have been hailed by the organisers of Sue Ryder’s Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards.

Maya has been nominated in the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage at this year’s event.

She said: “It’s strange what life throws at you. But it’s wonderful to be recognised in this way.”

Maya added: “It was hard to meet families going through something similar to us.

“There was a huge gap that needed addressing.”

And the organisers of the awards are calling on Yorkshire Evening Post readers to nominate their inspirational women for the awards which are held at the New Dock Hall at The Royal Armouries on May 20.

Georgina Abbott, senior hospice fundraiser at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, said: “We want to recognise and celebrate fantastic women in Yorkshire, like Maya, who might not realise that they have done something outstanding.

“Women of courage, like Maya, are faced with life-changing events – but they just get on with it.”

Nominations closed on Monday, May 2.

For more details contact Katie Bell on 0113 2033376 or visit

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