Bute volunteer receives cancer charity award

Winner of a Flame of Hope Honorary Fellowship Award Winifred Muir, with husband Tom, at Cancer Research UK's Flame of Hope awards, which took place in the Hotel Russell in London on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Winner of a Flame of Hope Honorary Fellowship Award Winifred Muir, with husband Tom, at Cancer Research UK's Flame of Hope awards, which took place in the Hotel Russell in London on Friday, June 5, 2015.

Bute Cancer Research UK volunteer Winifred Muir travelled to London on Friday to receive her Flame of Hope award from the charity.

Winifred, accompanied to the ceremony by husband Tom and the charity’s Rothesay shop manager Anna Harrison, is the third CRUK volunteer on Bute to receive a Flame of Hope award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the charity over the years.

Winifred - a former manager of an Imperial Cancer charity shop in London - has been a volunteer at the Rothesay shop since she and Tom moved to Bute in 2002.

She also has close personal experience of the effects of cancer - her father’s diagnosis with the disease was what first persuaded her to volunteer, and she barely missed a shift during Tom’s ultimately successful battle against lung cancer in 2011.

“Every little helps,” she said, “and if I can do anything to help prevent another man - or anyone for that matter - from going through what they did, then it’s worth it.”

* Winifred is also one of the volunteer team behind the annual fashion show put together by Rothesay’s CRUK shop. The 2015 event takes place tomorrow (Friday, June 12) - we’ll have a reminder on this site before the event.