Heart UK Announces Charity Champions Competition Winner
Earlier this year we teamed up with HEART UK, the
cholesterol charity, to search for the UK’s most inspiring Charity Champion to
receive £1,000 for the charity of their choice and the winner has now been
Pat Williams, an office administrator for CIS Ltd, has been selected by HEART UK as the 2013 Charity Champion for her inspiring fundraising for The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre, where she has received help since being diagnosed with the disease three years ago.
Pat, 54, who has raised over £6,000 for the centre in total, explains “After being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing six months of chemotherapy, resulting in the development of a blood clot and carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, I began to feel very low. I was referred to The Haven in Hereford who restored my positive outlook, leaving me feeling revitalised and determined to live life to the full.
“I started with a one mile swim in the Lake District. It was a massive challenge for me, not just because I have cancer but because I suffer from arthritis and usually walk with a stick. Last November I organised a charity ball, the Three Peaks Challenge, pamper evenings, conker championships and friends running half marathons – all in the name of raising money for breast cancer and The Haven.
“I feel very honoured to have won the award. The whole purpose of my various fundraising activities was to try to help continue the brilliant work of all the staff at The Haven in Hereford and to help others, the way they helped me.”
HEART UK’s Ambassador Emma-Jane Brown, Chief Executive Jules Payne and our very own Malcolm Parkinson (Welch’s Grape Juice UK Country Manager) selected Pat as winner of the competition.
Jules said: “We had so many deserving applicants all with different inspiring stories to tell but Pat’s story stood out because she never gave up and despite her serious illness, she was always thinking of the next fundraising idea.”
Pat collected her engraved trophy and cheque for £1,000 on September 3 at The Haven in Hereford and has donated the money to the centre as a thank you for the treatment she received whilst there.
We were delighted to further support the competition by providing Welch’s Grape Juice vouchers to 10 runners-up whilst the remainder of the 50 applicants will receive HEART UK red laces and pedometers.
If you’ve been inspired by Pat and her amazing fundraising efforts and would like to support HEART UK, get in touch on the helpline – 0845 450 5988 or visit www.heartuk.org.uk.