The work and dedication of Leicester-based cancer research charity Hope Against Cancer was celebrated this September, winning two prestigious awards recognising both their contribution to the community and inspiration to others during an extremely successful month to remember.
The first award of the month was celebrated at the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Leicestershire Business Awards, where Hope Against Cancer were presented with the ‘Community Impact Award’. This category was open to organisations which had demonstrated continued commitment to supporting the local community and the good causes within it.
Following this fantastic achievement for the charity, Hope Against Cancer’s Corporate & Events Fundraiser Tracy Hallam was named ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year’ at the Leicester Mercury Women in Business Awards. The Women in Business Awards celebrates the success of businesswomen across Leicestershire and the contribution they have made to the local community.
Tracey, who was also nominated for the Contribution to the Community Award, has been instrumental in raising the profile of the incredible work Hope Against Cancer does in funding local cancer research and supporting the people it affects through organising and managing various fundraising events which are always well-supported by the Leicestershire community.
Tracey explained, “I’m determined to ensure that anyone affected by cancer has access to better treatments, through our research,” Tracey adds. “The funds we receive from our fundraising events and generous donations go towards funding vital cancer research locally and supporting our Hope nurse at our clinical trials facility at Leicester Royal Infirmary which we hope will lead to better treatments and ultimately, a world where nobody is affected by cancer. That’s what I dream of achieving!”.
Tracey wasn’t the only Hope Against Cancer member taking home an accolade at the Women in Business Awards. Eileen Richards, who is on the charity’s Board of Trustees, won the highest honour of the night; the Businesswoman of the Year Award. Eileen has been a passionate supporter of the charity’s work, and everyone at Hope Against Cancer was quick to celebrate Eileen’s outstanding achievement.
Nigel Rose, Hope Against Cancer’s Chief Executive, expressed, “September really has been a successful month for everyone at Hope, it is a great honour to have received these awards, and it’s a testament to the work everyone here does. I’d like to say a special well done to Tracey and Eileen on their award wins too, it is exactly the recognition they deserve for their hard work and passion they show in their fields.”
The success at these awards truly puts Hope Against Cancer’s funding of life-saving research in the spotlight and will help them to continue funding research projects and supporting clinical trials in Leicestershire and Rutland.