22 for ’22: Celebrating Swindon & Wiltshire’s Most Inspiring Women

By Anita Jaynes on 29 March, 2022

We’re celebrating Swindon and Wiltshire’s most inspiring women to mark International Women’s Day 2022 which this year took place on Tuesday 8th March.

Through our social media channels, we asked our readers which women in our community inspire them and created a list of 22 for ’22. The list is printed in our Feb/March magazine and from Tuesday 1st March, each weekday throughout the month we are profiling and championing each of these fantastic women online and via our social feeds.

Today we put the spotlight on Sinéad Nolan-Martin, a software developer at Swindon’s Decent Group.

In 2021, Sinéad set up Harry’s Healing Fund, a fundraising campaign to help her childhood sweetheart, Harry Martin.

Just as the pandemic hit, Harry was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer Grade IV Glioblastoma. Previously a fit and healthy 24 year old, Harry’s daily routine consisted of going to the gym, running and swimming, all in preparation for the army training he was due to begin imminently.

Sadly, that wasn’t to be and Harry’s condition begin to decline rapidly. There were limits to Harry’s treatment options under the NHS and Sinéad started the fundraiser to access further options to try and save Harry’s life. Despite seeking private treatment and looking at the opportunity to take part in clinical trials, Harry lost his battle to cancer in May 2021.

Before Harry passed away, the pair exchanged wedding vows at an intimate family wedding.

In the last year, Sinéad has channeled her grief in a positive way to help others diagnosed with cancer. In total, alongside Harry’s family and friends she has raised a staggering £96,000+. Activities have included an online quiz, walks, sponsored runs, halloween fun, collections at community events and more. The funds are being split between two charities Swindon’s Prospect Hospice and Brain Tumour Research as part of Harry’s legacy.

We commend Sinéad for her courage and strength and determination to help other people dealing with cancer.

To find out more about Prospect Hospice visit: www.prospect-hospice.net

And for more about Brain Tumour Research go to: www.braintumourresearch.org