Cure Leukaemia supporter Katherine Sinfield has been rewarded for her continued fund-raising and awareness work by a commercial radio station. At a red carpet awards ceremony on Friday, katherine – who is in remission from CML – was presented with a special award at the innaugural Touch FM Pride of Burton awards.
The awards were set up to celebrate everything which is great about the areas of Burton, Tamworth and Lichfield and saw businesses and individuals praised for their outstanding achievements. Katherine – who lives in Burton – attended the awards as a shortlisted finalist for the top ‘Pride of Burton’ award.
However, Katherine was instead presented with a special surprise award by the radio station and received a standing ovation from the 200+ guests which included Burton MP Andrew Griffiths and South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler.
Introducing Katherine's award, Mr Day said:
“Our final special award tonight goes to an individual who has turned a potentially devastating cancer diagnosis into a story of triumph. Despite undergoing gruelling treatment for leukaemia, she has thrown herself into raising both awareness and vital funds for charity. Faced with the stark reality that only one in three who need a life-saving bone marrow transplant will find a match, she set about changing that figure – and as a result, the Anthony Nolan and the National Blood Service have seen a 15 per cent rise in potential donors across the Burton and South Derbyshire area. She writes an online blog which is an inspiration to others at the same time as raising awareness for her cause.
This lady is receiving on-going treatment - a full bone marrow transplant made possible by a mystery donor last October. Despite the gruelling battle she faces every day to overcome her disease, she is relentless in her efforts to offer support to others.
In March, she worked closely with blood cancer charity fundraisers BONE-shaker MARROW-thon to organise a fund-raising ride between Birmingham and Burton-on-Trent. The event attracted over 100 motorbikes and trikes, despite inclement weather conditions, and was such a resounding success that riders have already signed up for next year.
Ladies and gentlemen, for her courage and her tireless commitment to a cause close to the hearts of many, please welcome our third and final special award winner - Katherine Sinfield."
Speaking after the ceremony, Katherine said:
“I am honoured to receive this award from Touch FM. When I started my daily diary, my various fund-raising projects and my continuous attempts at raising awareness of leukaemia and the need for more bone marrow donors, I did it for all of those who find themselves in my position.
“I’m thrilled that people have taken the time to nominate me for an award and I would like to assure them that my work continues. Charities such as Cure Leukaemia can only continue to do what they do with funding, and so fund-raising has to be continuous to ensure this work continues. I’m hugely appreciative to everyone who continues to support me on my journey.”
Everyone at Cure Leukaemia would like to congratulate Katherine on receiving the award and thank her for her continued support!