A FUNDRAISER from Altrincham has been named as Cheshire's Woman of the Year.

Mum-of-four Lisa Kuhwald was nominated for her immense personal courage and passionate fundraising.

In 2013, Lisa and husband Karl were given the heart breaking news that their son, Felix, then aged two, had the incurable disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy(DMD).

The disease DMD is the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood and affects approximately one in 3,500 boys and one in 50 million girls.

Despite their son’s condition, Lisa and Karl picked themselves up to fight and, as a result, Team Felix was born, with the aim to fund research into DMD and to find viable treatments.

In 2015, Karl died after a short battle with cancer.

Lisa now runs the family business and continues to fundraise for Team Felix and works with the charity Duchenne UK.

Sylvia Cheater, chairman of the Cheshire Woman award committee, said: “Lisa is a very worthy winner of this year’s award, but it was fantastic to meet all our nominees from all walks of life, I feel incredibly proud of them all and I feel a real pride in local women’s achievements.”

Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors it also raise much needed funds for the NSPCC helping children and families in Cheshire and Wirral – including support for ChildLine.

Deborah Sefton, Community Fundraising Manager for the NSPCC said: “Over the years a truly remarkable group of women have been recognised by the committee and much needed funds have been raised for the NSPCC too.”

The Cheshire Woman of the Year Award has been recognising some amazing women since 1984 and has raised nearly £300,000 to help children across Cheshire and Wirral.

This year’s luncheon celebrated women from all walks of life including abuse survivor Danielle Armitage, who has bravely spoken out about her ordeal to help others, Charlotte Brownhill, a dedicated nurse who helped tend the Manchester Arena victims, Janet Rosair who organises a band of volunteers reaching out to homeless people, Tracey Vell, a local GP who champions change in primary care, and lollipop lady Rebecca Worthington who helped save a man’s life.