Cancer charity award for Penarth widow who has raised over £11,000
2:30pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Penarth news
A CANCER charity has honoured a Penarth widow who has raised more than £11,000 since 2009.
Alison Maher started fundraising when her husband, Stephen, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Together they organised a head shave, and raised more than £5000.
Sadly, Stephen died later that month.
Since then, Alison, 31, has completed numerous fundraising challenges, including the Cardiff Half Marathon last year.
Her efforts were recognised when she was awarded the Beacons of Hope Award at the Lymphoma Association’s annual awards ceremony, by charity chairman Gordon John’s.
Held at the Museum of London on Thursday September 12, the ceremony took place during Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week which aims to to raise awareness of lymphoma, the most common type of blood cancer.
Sally Penrose, chief executive of the Lymphoma Association, said: “We were delighted to be able to present Alison with a Beacons of Hope Award. We specialise in giving reliable medical information and appropriate support to anyone affected by lymphoma, and the Beacons of Hope Awards are a chance for us to say thank you to people like Alison who made a difference.”
Common symptoms of lymphoma include a painless lump or swelling, often in the neck, armpit or groin, feeling worn out for no reason, being drenched in sweat during the night and persistent itching.
To find out more about lymphoma, call Freephone 0808 808 5555, or visit www.lymphomas.org.uk