An Earby woman who raised over £7,000 earlier this year ahead of a South American charity trek has been honoured by the town council.
Nicola Haines (25), of Highfield Road, was presented with Earby Town Council’s Shaw-Greening Award on Monday which is handed out annually to young people in the old Earby parish who have excelled in varying fields.
Nicola completed five days of gruelling hiking in Peru in May after raising the money for Macmillan.
The trek came off the back of her father Robert’s diagnosis with cancer of the larynx. He has since quit smoking and has made a full recovery.
But the fund-raising for Macmillan has not stopped and only last Friday, Nicola, and her sister Leanne Duckworth raised £160 through a coffee morning event at Thornton-in-Craven Care Home where Nicola works.
Nicola said: “Receiving the award was a big but very nice surprise as I wasn’t even aware I had been nominated or what it actually was.
“It’s nice to know that not just my friends and family know and appreciate what I have been doing for Macmillan but our amazing little community too. Like I’ve said before, without them, none of this or the money raised would have been possible.”
Chairman of Earby Town Council, Coun. Chris Tennant, said: “I think it’s very poignant. It’s increasingly difficult not to know somebody affected by cancer at some point.
“I know Nicola and her dad Robert well. It’s a great effort and it’s nice for her to be recognised for that.”
Visit Nicola’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Nicola-Jayne-Haines