Beatson Cancer Charity has been recognised for its inspiring work at the 2016 Charity Champions Awards.
The charity last night (Friday 6th October 2016) has been presented with the Inspiration Award for the work carried out by its Ambassador Francesca Mancini, who was diagnosed in 2015 with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after doctors found a tumour in her chest. The charity also scooped the Fundraising Team of the Year award.
Despite her poor health, ambassador and campaigner Francesca worked tirelessly to raise awareness for young people with cancer and took part in numerous fundraising events and public speaking opportunities, including the charity’s 6.5-mile ‘Off the Beatson Track’ walk on 28 August, before she sadly passed away on 3 September just before her 21st birthday.
David Welch, Chief Executive at Beatson Cancer Charity, said:
“Francesca Mancini was an exceptional and inspirational young lady. She made a hugely positive impact as a Beatson Cancer Charity ambassador, fundraiser and friend. She remained positive, courageous and determined throughout her cancer journey and her determination to help raise the profile of Beatson Cancer Charity has made a real and lasting difference to thousands of people across Scotland and further afield.
“Throughout Francesca’s cancer journey she met and developed strong bonds with many other patients, families and supporters. Francesca’s positive, heartfelt and loving personality touched everyone she met. Francesca will be remembered for never giving up, for sharing her experiences to build confidence in others and for generally having fun and never letting cancer win. This is exactly why she wholeheartedly deserves the Charity Champions Inspiration Award. Her parents Oz and May Mancini, her little sister Chiara, her boyfriend PJ and everyone at Beatson Cancer Charity are overwhelmingly proud of Francesca and this award signifies not only how inspirational she was and will always be but also that her memory and legacy lives on and continues to inspire so many more people across the country.”
Francesca’s proud parents, May and Osvaldo Mancini attended the event and accepted the award on their daughter’s behalf
Launched last year, the Charity Champions Awards celebrate the incredible work being done by organisations and individuals in Scotland’s third sector.