Buxton mum Natalie Bell’s eventful life has brought an accolade from the University of Derby Buxton.
BA (Hons) Event Management degree student Natalie, 21, was presented with the Lecturer’s Choice prize in the end of year awards at the university’s campus on Devonshire Road, after taking on more work experience roles than anyone else - despite her busy home life.
It crowns a packed first year of running charity events, organising weddings and helping out at functions which are all part of the real-world learning which the university prides itself on providing.
With 19-month-old Rosie to look after, a university on her doorstep was ideal for Natalie, whose family own The Vault on Buxton Market Place.
“It’s been quite hard, but I’ve got a really, really supportive family and my partner Danny is great,” said Natalie. “That’s why I can do it all.
“It’s really hands-on. We’re always being offered different opportunities and experiences, and I’ve had the chance to do all sorts.”
Natalie has especially enjoyed working for a charity called The Railway Children, which helps youngsters who run away from home, and also the very successful spring fair organised by Buxton Town Team.
“That was really good,” said Natalie. “I care about the town, because I live here.”
Her next big event is starting a work placement at the Pavilion Gardens, which will add to her growing list of experience – but she can’t decide which way her career is going to go: “I’ve had the opportunity to do so many things that my options are really open – I’m a bit stuck for choice,” she added.