‘Journal’ reporter Catherine Doran travelled to London last month to pick up her Flame of Hope Award from Cancer Research UK.
Catherine received the award of ‘Media Supporter of the Year’ following a series of articles she completed for the paper with local cancer survivors and for coverage of the local committee’s various fundraising efforts, including ‘Slide On’ which saw hundreds of local people slide down Shipquay Street on a huge inflatable slide.
At the award ceremony Catherine was presented with a trophy and the charity explained why Catherine won this year’s award.
“Catherine gave CRUK over 30 pieces of copy in the Derry Journal last year, highlighting our work and boosting local fundraising.
“Organising a weekly cancer survivors series, Catherine featured interviews with local cancer survivors and how they credited their survival with the work of Cancer Research UK.
“Nine different types of cancer were highlighted and each article directed readers to the CRUK website for information about our research and the clinical trials we are involved in.
“The Derry Journal also featured various fundraising stories, particularly acting as media partner for a new, innovative event, ‘Slide On’, which thanks to the paper’s promotion and involvement, raised £85,000.
“By interviewing Professor Patrick Johnson, a native of the city and a leading cancer research scientist, as well as a local clinical trials research nurse, Catherine successfully highlighted how people in the city are directly benefitting from CRUK’s work.
“Thanks to Catherine’s support there’s a re-kindled awareness of Cancer Research UK in the area. Congratulations Catherine.”
Speaking about the ceremony Catherine said, “The Flame of Hope Awards was a very humbling experience. To hear of the many people across the UK helping raise funds and awareness for the charity was amazing. I was incredibly honoured to be amongst them and hope to continue helping Cancer Research UK promote their work in the future.
“I would also like to thank the local fundraising manager Sharon Arbuckle, who’s energy and commitment to the charity is incredibly inspiring and who’s support throughout last year was second to none.”