We Can Do It awards: Volunteers raise thousands after death of group chairwoman

Best Volunteer winners, Portsmouth Breast Friends. From left, Lauren Farnhill, Sandy Williams, Ann Hiskey and Bettin Brown. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Best Volunteer winners, Portsmouth Breast Friends. From left, Lauren Farnhill, Sandy Williams, Ann Hiskey and Bettin Brown. Picture: Habibur Rahman

A GROUP united by the common goal of beating cancer together have celebrated winning the Best Volunteer category at this year’s We Can Do It awards – dedicating it to the friend and group chair they sadly lost last year.

Portsmouth Breast Friends managed to raise around £5,000 for the breast surgery department at Queen Alexandra Hospital, after the sad death of their dear friend Marjorie Walker.

The group has been around since 2001 and although the group says things will never be the same without Marjorie, Portsmouth Breast Friends is absolutely here to stay.

New group chair Sandy Williams said: ‘This award is very special to us because we did everything in memory of Marjorie, who used to chair the group.

‘She gave everything to support other people, even while undergoing treatment herself, so we are honoured to be carrying that forwards.

‘It is so important to us that we raise as much money as we can for all the women and men who have to battle breast cancer.

‘We are simply delighted to have won this award.’

Treasurer Lauren Farnhill added: ‘We are very happy to accept this award on behalf of all the ladies in our group.

‘Our goal as a group is very simple – to support, help and raise money for everyone going through the process of breast cancer treatment.

‘We all know that the breast cancer treatment services here in Portsmouth are second to none; Marjorie would have been over the moon with this award.’