A THURSO volunteer has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of an 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.
Wendy Meiklejohn (46), of Naver Place, Thurso, 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.
An audience at the Hotel Russell in Russell Square heard how Wendy gave up one day a week of work to take up a volunteering post in her local Cancer Research UK charity shop – 22 years ago.
After losing her mother to cancer, Wendy went on to organise the first Relay for Life in Caithness in 2008, raising an impressive £120,000.
She commented: “I have always had a great belief in what Cancer Research UK is trying to achieve and wanted to do what I could to help the charity’s scientists.
“It’s now become just a big part of my life and so it was a real honour to get this award.
“It’s an award for everyone in the shop really because all the volunteers work so hard and are very committed to the charity.”
Wendy was nominated by Thurso Cancer Research UK shop manager Sheila Gunn.
She said: “At the age of 24, Wendy decided she wanted to be part of this charity and, although in full-time employment, she gave up one day to work in the Thurso shop.
“Wendy led the way on the till on the opening day and is still giving up the day to work in the shop.
“Throughout the years, Wendy has been the youngest of the volunteers and has always helped the older volunteers. She has also always been a great support to me.
“Wendy has helped me with several fundraising events within the shop and has never been shy to get dressed up for fun days or model at our own fashion shows.
“Through the years we have seen many changes and Wendy has embraced them all and has remained totally committed.”