Eastbourne man receives award for fundraising

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An Eastbourne man’s commitment to the fight against cancer has been recognised with a fundraising award.

Paul Hutley, who works across the south coast, was part of a team nominated for a Special Achievement Award in the Cancer Research UK and Tesco Charity of the Year awards.

Paul, alongside colleagues Aysha Smith from Bournemouth and Gary Powis and Mike Exley, who both live in Crawley, were presented with their trophy at an awards ceremony.

The event at the British Music Experience at the O2, London was hosted by Liz McClarnon from Atomic Kitten and Lee Brennan from 911.

Paul said, “We were surprised and thrilled to discover we’d won this fantastic award and would like to say a huge thank you to all our colleagues and customers who have helped fundraise over the past year.

“The fact so many people’s lives are touched by cancer united us all around our goal to raise as much money as possible to help support Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists.”

Richard Taylor, Cancer Research UK executive director of fundraising and marketing presented the team with their award. He said, “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Gary, Mike, Aysha and Paul for their total commitment to raising money for Cancer Research UK. They have played a key role in helping to raise a record breaking amount of money for our lifesaving work.

“The dedication they have put into raising vital funds to help improve the early diagnosis and detection of cancer has been truly inspiring.”

The money raised by Tesco stores, distribution centres and offices will be spent on supporting early diagnosis and detection research.