Top award for Doreen’s decade of charity work

Doreen Upwood with Amanda Brigans, Macmillan fundraising director
Doreen Upwood with Amanda Brigans, Macmillan fundraising director

A VOLUNTEER who has dedicated more than 10 years to fundraising for a cancer support charity has been given a special award.

Doreen Upwood, of Sedgebrook Gardens, was honoured with the prestigious Douglas Macmillan Award at a ceremony in Uckfield for her 11 years’ service to Macmillan Nurses. Mrs Upwood sits on the charity’s national committee, the London and south east committee, chairs the Sussex Centenary Group, helps organises the town’s annual Beatles Day which has raised more than £100,000, and hosts one of the area’s biggest coffee mornings for the nationwide Macmillan event The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

She told the Observer: “My daughter died of cancer 11 years ago when she was 32 and Macmillan was so good for her I decided to do some fundraising for them.

“These awards are not given out freely so it was very nice to be recognised.”

This year alone Mrs Upwood has helped raise £10,000 for the charity’s 100th year appeal and her last coffee morning netted £3,000.

In total, the volunteers honoured at the ceremony had notched up 1,350 years of service and Rob Moon, the area fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “Their efforts have enabled Macmillan to fund professionals such as nurses, doctors and benefits advisors to provide local people living with cancer with vital information and practical, emotional and financial support.”