Described by many as a ‘remarkable woman’, appreciated by her peers as a very accomplished business woman and lovingly cherished by all her family as a wonderful wife, mother, granny and sister, Laura Nuttall sadly died suddenly after suffering a brain tumour at the age of 66 in June 2014.
During her life however, Laura achieved great things and inspired many people in the North West of England with her hard work and dedication to projects within the Bolton, Greater Manchester and Lancashire communities.
In 1983 Laura first involved herself with community work, including supporting Bolton Recreation Club and Newstalk (the reading service for the blind). She also served on various boards for the business community. Laura worked on regeneration budgets in the Bolton area for more than a decade and was also a trust director of the Big Issue and Big Life company in Manchester. Mother to three children, William, Jennifer and Hannah, who all attended Bolton School (classes of 1991, 1994 and 1996 respectively), Laura also worked with Business Link North Manchester as well as carrying out charity and community work across Lancashire. As chairman of Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Laura helped the charity to receive the largest lottery grant (£5 million) given to a stand-alone youth club. She also oversaw the club’s move from its premises in Bark Street, which it had outgrown, to its plush new base on Spa Road, as well as increasing the club’s annual fundraising targets from £200,000 to £1.3 million. After retiring as chairman, Laura became a vice-president of the club.
In 2002, Laura was honoured as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and later was appointed chairman of the Bolton District Committee. Her role involved finding people in Bolton who could be considered to attend Royal garden parties, as well as recommending voluntary groups to receive the Queen’s award for voluntary services. She would also bring greetings from the Queen and the Lord Lieutenant to people who had chosen to become citizens of the UK.
In 2004, Laura received an OBE for her service to the community in Bolton. When news broke of the nomination, Laura said ‘This came as a complete surprise to me. It was quite a shock, but I am extremely honoured. My family are proud, especially my children. They are thrilled to bits.’
Keen to become involved with Bolton School with her grandchildren Caitlin and Pip having begun their education there, Laura became a Governor at the School in 2011, a post which was sadly cut short in 2014. Laura’s daughter Hannah gave birth to Harrison in December 2015 and he has also now started at Bolton School in the First Steps Class at the Nursery.