Gillian Williamson Michelle Mulholland



Gillian Williamson BCAv, Michelle Mulholland, BCAv, MU, Pat Egan, Group Exec Director Affordable Housing PFP

Michelle lost her son Chad in 2008 after his long battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Chad was 17 at the time and attended Altrincham Grammar School for Boys (AGSB).

Gillian works in the Sixth Form Office at AGSB and had regular interaction with Chad before he died, helping him to run a Tea Party to raise Money for the Willow Foundation, which is a local charity that arranges days out for seriously ill young adults.

This was the birth of ‘Chad’s Challenges’.

After his death, Michelle set up the Hope Fund in Chad’s name. The money raised through Hope Fund goes directly to the Young Oncology Unit at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, where Chad bravely fought his battle with cancer.

Since 2008 Michelle and Gillian have worked together to raise over £77,000 with the help and support of some of the students at AGSB, they have raised an additional £12,000 for other charities including the Willow Foundation.

Attending Chad’s Challenges, continues to be emotional for Michelle, but the love and support from the students, local community and Gillian keep Chad’s name alive.

Nominated by: Emma Williamson