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Posted on: 22.02.2012

Award for Natalie

Natalie Wood with Coleen Nollan

An inspirational mum who became pregnant at 15 and qualified as a nurse against the odds has won a national award.

Natalie Wood, took home the ‘one in a million’ award presented by celebrity Coleen Nollan for carving out a successful nursing career after being a teenager mum.

After a difficult time at home Natalie, from Huddersfield, fell pregnant at 15 and left home at 17. Despite this she went on to do her A’levels and a university degree, qualifying as a staff nurse.

At just 26 Natalie became a sister and now works as a paediatric liaison sister at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The mother of three also recently started exercising loosing two stone and later joined a gym where she trained as a Zumba instructor.

She said: “Having children young doesn’t mean life should stop, having a troublesome childhood doesn’t mean it needs to consume you.

“I believe that I am what I am now only for the things that I have experienced and endured but for the influence people have had on me.”

Not only is Natalie a mum but she also volunteers, helps out friends and family and is heavily involved in her children’s sporting events.

Natalie was presented with a trophy for winning the award at a ceremony run by the catalogue company Park.

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