A CHESHIRE woman has been remembered at a housing development with a street sign unveiled in her name.

Kelly Smith, who sadly passed away aged 31 after her cancer treatment was delayed during COVID-19, has a lasting legacy at David Wilson Homes’ Kings Park development in Macclesfield with the installation of Kelly Smith Way to honour her memory.

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.

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 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.

“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.

“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.

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