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York Cancer Survivor Scoops Young Volunteer of the Year Award

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5:13am 24th May 2013

A York cancer survivor and fundraiser has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the cause.

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

Harry Baines, 22, from York scooped the Young Volunteer of the Year accolade, beating off stiff competition from across the UK.

He picked up the award 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 he has shown exceptional dedication to Cancer Research UK through his fundraising efforts.

Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK Chief Executive, said: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.

“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.”

Nicki Embleton Cancer Research UK spokesperson for York, said: “Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person. These awards are our way of honouring incredible people like Harry who are helping us to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

“They give their time freely to raise money for research and promote greater awareness of the disease, and yet ask for nothing in return. It’s thanks to their support that we are able to help create more tomorrows for more people.”

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