Derek’s £1m for cancer charity
PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 August 2013
A WESTON man has received a national award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to a charity’s work where he has helped raise more than £1million.
Derek Chapman, aged 87, was named a Cancer Research UK Honorary Fellow in celebration of his loyalty and dedication to the cause.
Derek began supporting the charity in 1953, becoming a local ambassador.
His creativity has seen him champion new and successful events including an annual sponsored knit-athon, summer picnics, fashion shows and golf days.
A charity spokesman said: “He is greatly admired by everyone he meets, his determination and enthusiastic nature, with a willingness to always go that extra mile, has been an inspiration to so many people. “He has been instrumental in encouraging people to dig deep into their pockets, raising more than £1million during these 60 years, enabling Cancer Research UK to fund vital research, discovering new treatments and new drugs for cancer patients.
“We are unable to quantify the terrific work Derek has done to raise local public awareness of the charity, however, we know that for years to come this will result in legacies from people in the area that he has influenced.”
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Weston committee, of which Mr Chapman was a founding member, a special evening is being held on October 18 at the Batch Country Hotel in Lympsham.