St Albans Macmillan volunteer wins national award
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For over three decades she has been the “face of Macmillan” in St Albans.
And now, the sterling efforts of Avril Foster, who has been instrumental in raising thousands of pounds each year to help people affected by cancer, has been recognised with a national award.
At a recent ceremony in London, the 78 year old from St Albans received a Douglas Macmillan Award for her outstanding contribution to volunteering.
Avril, chair of the Macmillan Cancer Support St Albans and district fundraising committee, started volunteering for the charity in 1976.
She explained: “I had just lost my mother to cancer when I saw a jumble sale advertised in my local church that was fundraising for Macmillan.
“I popped in and was immediately invited to help out. I have lost a number of family members and dear friends to cancer and that is what keeps me going. My aim is to raise as much money as possible to help people affected by cancer.”
Unfortunately, she is stepping down from her role as chairman because of problems with deteriorating eyesight.
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She said: “I have a rare eye disease and am losing my sight, but I am staying on as a committee member.”
Kerry Cunnane, Herts fundraising manager, said: “Avril really has gone the extra mile for Macmillan.
“As committee chair she has been instrumental in driving the group to raise around £25,000 every year to help people affected by cancer.
“She is a real people person and has fantastic rapport with other committee members as well as Macmillan supporters in the local community.”
St Albans MP Anne Main, patron of Macmillan, praised her, saying: “Avril has worked tirelessly.”
Anybody who is interested in joining the committee or in taking on the chairman role can contact Kerry on 07793 579 364.
For more information on Macmillan volunteering opportunities, including befriending, practical support and helping out at events see macmillan.org.uk/volunteering or call 0300 1000 200.