Brigg pancreatic cancer campaigners receive award for making a real difference

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Brigg Town Council presented residents Zoe Hall, Lesley Whitehand and Andrew Markham with a Joseph J Magrath OBE Award for Public Voluntary Service 2016.  The prestigious award was given to them in recognition of the tireless work that they do to support of charity Pancreatic Cancer Action.

The Awards took place on Saturday 18th March at Brigg Town Council’s Annual Civic Dinner.  The six recipients, including Zoe, Lesley and Andrew, received framed certificates were presented in the Angel Suite by Town Mayor Council Ann Eardley.

The determined three fundraisers, who are coined the Brigg Pancreatic Cancer Group, have all lost someone to pancreatic cancer.  They have raised thousands for the charity and regularly hold awareness stands in the local area.   Most recently, they

Zoe Hall, who lost her mum to pancreatic cancer in 2012 and is a regional rep for Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We can only thank the people of Brigg and the Town Council for their generosity and openness to what we do.  Receiving the award means the world to all of us and is a symbol that what we are doing has been recognised as making that difference.”

Every day, 26 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and they are faced with just a five per cent chance of surviving beyond five years.  Most people die within months of diagnosis.

“My mum died just five months after diagnosis so I vowed that I would do something to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. One of the first things I did was approach Brigg town council to ask them to turn council building, The Angel, purple for November.  They kindly did this but more importantly, they put me in touch with two of the town councillors, Lesley and Andrew, who offered to help me raise awareness. If we can help just one person and this makes it all worthwhile.

“We can only thank the people of Brigg and the Town Council for their generosity and openness to what we do. Receiving the award means the world to all of us and is a symbol that what we are doing has been recognised as making that difference.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer.  The charity fund research into early diagnosis, provide medical education programmes, and launch awareness campaigns.

Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are delighted that Zoe, Andrew and Lesley have been recognised for all they do to fundraise and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.  We would like to congratulate all three of them.”

For information about pancreatic cancer or Pancreatic Cancer Action, please visit www.pancreaticanceraction.org.