Examiner Community Awards: Services to the Community, Community Event, Services to Charity
SHELLSHOCKED is how Margaret Revitt described winning the Services to Charity award.
Margaret set up Huddersfield Cancer Support 20 years ago this August. And winning the award in this anniversary year is the icing on the cake for both her and chairman Alicia Barrett, who nominated her.
"While ever people need us we will keep going," she said.
It was the loss of her own mother to bowel cancer which prompted Margaret to help others touched by the illness.
The Upperthong woman has devoted the last 20 years to helping people at Huddersfield Cancer Support and raising thousands for the cause.
Shortly after her mother died in 1986, Margaret answered a newspaper ad asking for help setting up a cancer support group in Huddersfield.
She helped launch the group with its founder, James Moran, who sadly died shortly afterwards.
Margaret gave up her job to extend her voluntary role as secretary for the group – based at Peregrine House at Brooks Yard off Market Street in Huddersfield town centre.
She now spends four days a week running various activities at the centre and works hard to find ways of raising the £12,500 needed to run the group each year.
Margaret said: "We feel it’s beneficial for new cancer patients going through treatment to come along and talk to members who have gone through their treatment and survived, sometimes for many years."
Other nominees in this category were John And Chris Philip and Malcolm Roeder.