Lewis woman’s dedication to charity earns national praise

Cancer Research UK's Flame of Hope awards that took place in the Hotel Russell in London on Friday 6th June 2015.'This is the 13th year of the Flame of Hope awards and is Cancer Research UK's opportunity to thank some of their truly exceptional volunteers.
Cancer Research UK's Flame of Hope awards that took place in the Hotel Russell in London on Friday 6th June 2015.'This is the 13th year of the Flame of Hope awards and is Cancer Research UK's opportunity to thank some of their truly exceptional volunteers.

Kay MacKay, chair of Cancer Research UK’s Isle of Lewis Local Committee, has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cause.

The charity’s annual Flame of Hope awards recognise remarkable efforts in fundraising and volunteering made by people from all walks of life. Chosen from among 400 nominations from across the UK, Kay scooped an Honorary Fellowship award, given to those who have shown particular dedication and commitment to the charity.

Kay picked up her award on Friday 5th June at a special ceremony in London hosted by Cancer Research UK’s Chairman, Michael Pragnall.

Kay began volunteering with the group in 1980 and has gone on to lead the committee. She had been the local face of Cancer Research UK for over 35 years. Under Kay’s leadership the committee raised £60,000 in 2014 taking their total contribution to Cancer Research UK’s lifesaving work to over £750,000 since their start in 1975. This year marks the committee’s 40th anniversary.

Fiona Harvey, Cancer Research UK Local Fundraising Manager for the Western Isles said: “Since the Isle of Lewis Local Committee was formed 40 years ago, Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like Kay and everyone involved in the Isle of Lewis Local Committee without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.”

“Kay is an amazingly dedicated supporter of Cancer Research UK. Without her the Isle of Lewis Committee would not be what it is today. The success of the committee is down to her outstanding drive, determination and commitment.”

“Our Flame of Hope awards give us the opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to these enormously generous volunteers and supporters for the fantastic work that they do.”

Last year, Cancer Research UK spent over £31 million on some of the best scientific and clinical research in Scotland. Glasgow is home to the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, one of our five institutes. Here Cancer Research UK scientists are exploring how cancer cells grow, survive and spread.

They are also studying the underlying biology that allows cells to develop into cancer. For example, they are investigating the molecular changes that happen in normal bowel cells that ultimately lead to cancer. Finding out more about this process will help scientists to find new ways to prevent and treat the disease.