Cancer Research thanks ‘Mothers and Daughters’

A North-West London Jewish fundraising committee has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the cause.

The charity’s annual Flame of Hope Awards recognises remarkable efforts in fundraising and volunteering.

The Mothers and Daughters Committee won in the Outstanding Achievement category, beating off stiff competition from across the UK.

Michelle Smaje and Karen Paul, joint chairs of the 23-strong committee, picked up the award at a ceremony in London hosted by Cancer Research UK’s chairman, David Newbigging.


Michelle Smajie (left) and Karen Paul receive their award from Cancer Research UK

The audience of 350 people at the Café Royal in Regent Street heard how the group had shown exceptional dedication to Cancer Research UK by raising more than £1 million over the past nine years.

Hampstead-based Mrs Paul said: ‘“It was so special to have received this award and the committee were thrilled to win the outstanding achievement Flame of Hope category.”

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 of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to afford to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.

“Our Flame of Hope awards give us the opportunity to say thank-you to these enormously generous supporters for the fantastic work they do.”

    Last updated: 11:35am, July 8 2009