Cancer Research fundraising efforts recognised as charity sets aim on £2m goal
The Cancer Research UK Gibraltar Branch was shortlisted for a fundraising award after raising £85,000 last year.
The local branch was nominated by Cancer Research UK for the ‘Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award’.
The award forms part of the UK National Fundraising Awards Body in London and for the charity it has been a “huge achievement” to be shortlisted.
The charity has fundraised £1.7m over the course of 51 years and has now ramped up their efforts in a bid to reach their £2m target.
Chairperson Giovi Viñales now hopes to surpass last year’s total of £85,000.
The branch faced “tremendous competition”, and ultimately the award was presented to Lisa Stephenson.
Ms Stephenson has been diagnosed with an incurable form of myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow, and aims to raise £1m for Maggie’s Edinburgh – a group of 22 UK based centres specialising in cancer care.
Cancer Research UK highlighted the continuous hard work and dedication offered to them by the local Committee and by Gibraltar as a whole in our fight against cancer.
Mrs Viñales and Eva Mclaren Committee Member of the Gibraltar branch attended the awards ceremony on at The Brewery in London.
They were amazed at the number of charities attending and “felt overwhelmed and extremely proud” to have been nominated and be representing the local branch.
“Just by being shortlisted it is really an outstanding achievement for Gibraltar to be recognised in this manner,” said Mrs Viñales said.
“I was just bursting with pride. My heartfelt thanks to every single person for their amazing and such valuable support”
Joanne Evans, Cancer Research UK’s London Regional Manager congratulated the local branch.
“It was wonderful to see the Gibraltar Branch recognised for their fantastic work to raise vital funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK,” Ms Evans said.
“Congratulations Gibraltar Committee and everyone who gives their time, support and money - research has no borders. Cancer affects people, wherever they live making Gibraltar’s support in raising £1.7m incredibly valuable to so many people. Thank you and with your support we will beat cancer sooner.”