Over the last two summers the Scottish Cancer Foundation, supported by the Grant Simpson Trust, have put out a call for nominations for an award to reward people doing outstanding work to reduce the burden of cancer in our country. Nominations are very welcome for those from any walk of life – health care professionals, researchers, charity workers and lay people – the only criteria being they have done something great in the fight against cancer.
Our inaugural prize winner in 2015 was Professor Tessa Holyoake, Director of the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre at the University of Glasgow. Professor Holyoake is a cancer specialist who has made Glasgow into one of the world’s leading centres for leukaemia research. Her ground-breaking work on cancer stem cells, which play a critical role in the development of chronic myeloid leukaemia, is of international significance and has been hailed as offering the greatest promise of a medical cure for this form of leukaemia.
Last year our prize winner was Sheila Duffy, the chief executive of ASH Scotland and a leading anti-tobacco campaigner in Scotland. Sheila has been working successfully to change the hearts and minds of the people of Scotland around tobacco use for the last 20 years and has seen smoking rates in Scotland plummet to half what they were in the 1970s, with the number of young people taking up the habit at the lowest level ever recorded. She played a prominent role in building the case in Scotland for the introduction of a smoking ban in enclosed public places in 2006 – the first part of the UK to introduce such a measure.
The successful candidate will receive up to £10,000 to further their work and the Evans Forrest medal, named after the founders of SCF. If you think you know someone who is worthy of this prestigious prize please visit the SCF website for more details on how to submit an entry. The closing date for entries is Thursday, 31st August 2017.