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Fundraiser Karl Thorpe honoured
A FUNDRAISING champion, whose brother died from lymphoma, has been honoured by a charity for his efforts in raising money to help others affected by the cancer.
Karl Thorpe, from North Waltham, was presented with a Beacon of Hope Award at the Lymphoma Association’s annual awards ceremony, held at the Museum of London.
He decided to set up the Periwinkle’s Rugby Club team to fundraise for the association after his 47-year-old brother, Robin Thorpe, died from lymphoma in 2003.
The team, who celebrate their 10th anniversary this year, use their match programmes, rugby shirts and match fixtures to raise awareness.
Karl has attracted players and supporters affected by lymphoma, and together they have raised more than £30,000.
The 47-year-old senior sales executive said: “I was quite flattered to win the award to be honest. You have to rely on friends – it’s not all about me – but it was nice to be recognised by the charity.”
Karl received his award at the ceremony during Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness of lymphoma – the most common type of blood cancer.
The event was hosted by the charity’s chairman, Gordon Johns, who read out a citation about Karl, which said: “Karl truly deserves this Beacon of Hope Award to mark this fabulous milestone.”
Sally Penrose, chief executive of the Lymphoma Asso-ciation, added: “We were delighted to be able to present Karl with a Beacon of Hope Award.
“We specialise in giving reliable medical information and appropriate support to anyone affected by lymphoma, and the Beacon of Hope Awards are a chance for us to say thank-you to people like Karl who made a difference.”
Common symptoms of lymphoma include a painless lump or swelling, often in the neck, armpit or groin, feeling worn out for no reason, being drenched in sweat during the night, and persistent itching.
For more information, visit lymphomas.org.uk.
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