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Fundraiser Jo honoured for hard work
7:40am Thursday 28th June 2012 in News
A DEDICATED fundraiser who lost her mum and a close friend to cancer has been honoured with an award.
Jo Pearmain has received the highest accolade from Cancer Research UK for more than 30 years of unflinching support of the national charity.
Mrs Pearmain, 80, was named a Cancer Research UK Honorary Fellow at the charity’s annual Flame of Hope Awards, which acknowledge remarkable efforts in fundraising and volunteering made by people from all walks of life.
Over the past 34 years Mrs Pearmain, from Hutton, has helped her local Cancer Research UK branch raise more than £200,000.
She has also been treasurer of the group on two occasions and although she is one of the longest serving members of the group, she has no plans to take a back seat yet.
She said: “I’m very pleased and honoured to receive this award.
“I started fundraising for the charity as I lost my mother to cancer and also a good friend.
“I wanted to be able to make a difference and hopefully what I’ve achieved has done some good.
“Over the past 34 years I’ve also built up some lovely friendships with other people who wanted to support Cancer Research UK.”
In 1977 she joined the group called the Ingatestone, Shenfield and Hutton Friends. The group is now known as Brentwood and Shenfield Friends and Mrs Pearmain still attends every committee meeting and is ever present at every event.
Darren Couchman, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for north Essex, said: “These awards are our way of saying thanks to people like Jo who are the lifeblood of our organisation – people who give their time freely to raise money for research and promote greater awareness of the disease, and yet ask for nothing in return.
“We salute our supporters everywhere because together we will beat cancer.”