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Charity says thanks to dedicated volunteer

Sheila Rowell
Sheila Rowell

A breast cancer survivor has been rewarded for 24 years of voluntary service.

Sheila Rowell became a volunteer at the Cancer Research UK shop in Stamford after taking early retirement.

She was keen to fill her spare time and chose to support a charity close to her heart.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the past but her treatment was successful and luckily it has never returned.

The 90-year-old can now be found manning the till in the St Paul’s Street shop on Monday and Saturday mornings.

She said: “I enjoy the company and the fact I’m doing a little bit of good towards cancer research.”

Sheila received her award from Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the chairman of Cancer Research UK.

The ceremony took place at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

She travelled to London with her daughter in law Marie Rowell and the shop’s assistant manager Shirley Wright.

They were treated to first class train travel by her son Steve before enjoying welcome drinks and lunch ahead of the ceremony.

Prof Borysiewicz said: “She always goes out of her way to help other people when she can.

“She is an enthusiastic and inspirational lady.

The shop team are all proud and honoured to work with her.”

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