Peterhead woman receives top accolade

Cancer research UK's Flame of Hope Awards
Cancer research UK's Flame of Hope Awards

A PETERHEAD volunteer has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the charity’s work.

The charity’s annual Flame of Hope Awards acknowledge remarkable efforts in fundraising and volunteering made by people from all walks of life.

Bunty Lowry (74), of Hope Street, was named a Cancer Research UK Honorary Fellow in celebration of unflinching loyalty and dedication shown to the cause over many years.

She picked up the accolade at a special ceremony in London hosted by Cancer Research UK’s chairman Michael Pragnell.

The gathering heard how Bunty has been a volunteer in the Cancer Research UK shop in the town’s Drummer’s Corner since it opened 25 years ago. Bunty was nominated by shop manager Sheena Booth.

Commenting on her award, Bunty said: “I was so pleased to be chosen for the award. I really enjoy volunteering in the shop and am very happy to be a part of a very successful team.”

Sheena added: “Bunty very rarely has time off. No matter what, Bunty can be relied upon to do her bit. If I am ever short of helpers, she is always first to volunteer”.

“She’s a favourite with all my other volunteers, so it is very reassuring to me that I have her in my dedicated team. She is passionate, committed and very very dedicated. She richly deserves this award.”

Dr Harpal S. Kumar, Cancer Research UK chief executive, said: “Our Flame of Hope Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to these enormously generous volunteers and supporters for the fantastic work they do.”

Linda Summerhayes, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Scotland added: “These awards are our way of saying thanks to the people who are the lifeblood of our organisation – people who give their time freely to raise money for research and promote greater awareness of the disease, and yet ask for nothing in return.”