A recovering leukaemia patient who devotes her time to raising awareness, campaigning Government and raising money for blood cancer charities, has been shortlisted for a Pride of Britain Award.
Katherine Sinfield from Burton on Trent is one of only four finalists in the East and West Midlands region filmed by ITV for the next round of judging. Between Monday, September 8 and Thursday, September 11, each of the four finalists will have a two-minute video of their efforts broadcast on the ITV regional news.
A judge will then decide on Friday, September 12, which one of these four finalists should make it to the grand celebrity-filled finals in London hosted by Carol Vorderman.
Katherine, age 34, was filmed by ITV on Thursday, August 28. During her interview she spoke about her efforts to increase blood and stem cell donors as well as her efforts to raise money for blood cancer charities, including Cure Leukaemia.
“It was a shock when I received the telephone call from ITV and it was even more of a shock when I realised that I was just one of four people from the entire East and West Midlands region to get this far.
“I would love to make the grand finals in London but just getting to this point has been a tremendous achievement. I’m just thankful to have an entire two-minute slot on the news as this in itself will hopefully raise further awareness and may even generate a few extra charity donations.
“Since my diagnosis with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) in April 2013, I have thrown myself into helping others who may find themselves in similar unfortunate situations. I want to help the charities and organisations which have thrown me a lifeline and this work will continue in the future.
“I am immensely grateful to the medical staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham – especially Professor Charlie Craddock and the doctors at the Centre for Clinical Haematology plus the nurses in ward 625 for bringing me back from a very dark place into remission.”
Now in remission from Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) following a stem cell transplant in October 2013, Katherine has been the driving force behind a continuing media campaign in the local press (Burton Mail). It is this campaign which also saw her gain praise from the Prime Minister a few months ago. To follow Katherine's story, you can follew her on Twitter @Leukaemia_and_K
Everyone at Cure Leukaemia wishes Katherine the best of luck in both her recovery and nomination for this award.
Watch: Video of Katherine in January 2014