HE HAS raised millions of pounds for Portsmouth’s hospital – and for that Mick Lyons has been crowned our Unsung Hero.
The founder of the Rocky Appeal was the winner of the category at The News Best of Health Awards.
He received his trophy at the awards night held in the Guildhall, Portsmouth.
He said: ‘I was a bit embarrassed, but it’s not about me. I just want the fundraising to carry on.
‘I say thank you to all the people who nominated me and for those that judged me as the winner.’
The Rocky Appeal was founded by Mr Lyons 27 years ago.
In almost three decades the Rocky Appeal has raised around £10m for the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, and has been used to buy a host of new equipment.
These include a cancer lab, CT and MRI scanners, incubators and kidney dialysis machines.
‘I first started the appeal after my mum died a terrible death to cancer,’ added Mick.
‘She started with bowel cancer, but then it quickly spread to other parts of her body. I’m trying to put back what for years I took for granted.
‘I raised enough money for the first CT scan machine, which is in a unit named after my mum – the Grace Lyons unit.’
Mick’s latest drive is geared towards raising £3m so QA can have new digital keyhole operating theatres.
He said: ‘I want people to have the best treatment possible and that’s why it’s important to raise the funds.
‘I don’t really think about how much money I have raised because that’s in the past. It’s about the future and looking at how we can help others.’
Coming in as runner-up for the Unsung Hero category was Rachel Trencher, a community matron at Denmead Health Centre, Hambledon Road, Waterlooville, who was nominated for improving patient experience.