Late Macclesfield woman honoured with new street name

"Kelly's name was suggested and it was a unanimous decision." A Macclesfield parent who passed away during the pandemic has been honoured in her hometown.


By Nub News guest writer

20th Nov 2023 | Property News


Kelly Smith's family at with the sign gifted to them in honour of Kelly's memory. (Image - David Wilson Homes)
Kelly Smith's family at with the sign gifted to them in honour of Kelly's memory. (Image - David Wilson Homes)

A Macclesfield parent who passed away during the pandemic has been honoured in her hometown. 

Kelly Smith, sadly passed away aged 31 after her cancer treatment was delayed during COVID-19.

Now, the Maxonian has been remembered at a housing development in Cheshire with a street sign unveiled in her name.

The late mum has a lasting legacy at David Wilson Homes' Kings Park development in Macclesfield, with the installation of Kelly Smith Way to honour her memory.

Kelly Smith's family with Cllr David Edwardes and Andrew Taylor, Planning Director at David Wilson Homes.

A keepsake street sign was gifted to Kelly's family at the new community on Fence Avenue, which followed the unveiling of the official street sign that takes pride of place at the development.

The new development as a whole is known as Kings Park, and comes with eleven other street names excluding Kelly's.

On the day of the unveiling at Kings Park, Kelly's family were joined by Andrew Taylor, Planning Director at David Wilson Homes, and Tytherington Ward Councillor at Macclesfield Town Council, David Edwardes.

Kelly's family said: "The family are honoured to have a street named after Kelly, that she is recognised for the work she did raising awareness about cancer makes us all immensely proud of everything she did."

Kelly's partner, Matt Delargy, with their nine-year-old son, Finn.

Kelly died of stage four bowel cancer in June 2020, having first been diagnosed in April 2017.

It was during her fourth round of chemotherapy that the treatment stopped and, at that point, she was instructed to go on a 12-week break to self-isolate to make sure she didn't catch Covid. Exactly 12 weeks later, she passed away.

Kelly's story is widely-known on a national level and, with her street sign now in place, the Macclesfield resident will be forever remembered in her hometown.

Andrew Taylor said: "It was a privilege to unveil the sign for Kelly Smith Way at our Kings Park development, and we were grateful for the opportunity to meet Kelly's family to mark the occasion."

Matt and Finn with the sign in honour of Kelly at Kings Park. (Image - David Wilson Homes)

"Kelly's story touched the hearts of everyone at David Wilson Homes, and we were pleased to work with Macclesfield Town Council to ensure she is remembered by residents in the town."

Cllr David Edwardes added: "I first met Kelly and Finn on a Santa house visit shortly before Kelly died. I honestly thought, in this whirl of them both sitting with Santa, that it must be Finn who was the poorly one. Kelly showed such strength and charisma. I followed Kelly's tragic story on social media and attended fundraisers.

"I sat on the Planning Committee for Macclesfield Town Council and we were invited to suggest road names for the David Wilson Homes Kings Park development.

"Kelly's name was suggested and it was a unanimous decision by the committee. Months later this came to fruition and the main spine road through the estate now bears the name Kelly Smith Way.

Kelly had accumulated a large amount of support on social media towards the end of her life.

"A truly remarkable lady taken from us far too young. Let us hope that Kelly's tireless campaigning saves other peoples' lives."

After losing Kelly, her parents Craig and Mandy Russell launched an award-winning #CatchUpWithCancer campaign to ask the government to boost cancer services and ensure cancer patients receive quicker and better cancer treatment.

Macclesfield: For more details about the campaign, visit the website at Radiotherapy UK.

For more information about David Wilson Homes in Macclesfield, please visit the website at David Wilson Homes in Cheshire.

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