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Breast Cancer Care nominated for national award

Breast Cancer Care has been nominated for a major national prize at The Charity Awards 2010 - the UK charity sector's most prestigious awards scheme.

The national charity has been shortlisted in the Healthcare and medical research category for the excellent work it does in providing information and support to those affected by breast cancer and, in particular, for its User Involvement Strategy.

This includes the Breast Cancer Voices initiative, which sees the charity involving a range of people affected by the disease in shaping the future of the organisation.

Breast Cancer Care, the charity that supports people affected by breast cancer, is hoping to pick up the coveted award at a star-studded awards ceremony in London on 10th June. The event will be hosted by comedienne Jo Brand and attended by celebrities including Greta Scacchi, Lynda Bellingham, Jon Snow and Peter Bowles.

If it wins its category it will also be in the running to pick up the Overall Award for excellence in charity management - a prestigious award given to the best of the 10 category winners.

Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care said:

"Being shortlisted for the Charity Awards for our user involvement work award means so much to us at Breast Cancer Care.

"We have worked incredibly hard to ensure that people affected by breast cancer are at the heart of everything we do - being recognised for this work is a credit to all our Voices and to their incredible involvement in our work."

The annual Charity Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Charities Aid Foundation, The Leadership Trust and The Times, is the most high-profile event in the charity calendar. Since launching over ten years ago, the awards have honoured hundreds of charities, large and small, from across the UK, acknowledging their outstanding work and achievements and the tireless commitment of the people behind them.

The charities, which submit their own entries, are each shortlisted for specific initiatives which have improved the delivery of their charitable objectives and which demonstrate outstanding examples of best practice from which other charities can learn.

The Charity Awards 2010 is organised by Charity Finance, the leading business publication for the voluntary sector. The distinguished panel of judges includes John Low CBE, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, Maeve Sherlock OBE, former chief executive of the Refugee Council, Dame Jo Williams,formerchief executive of Mencap, Paul Winter, chief executive of The Leadership Trust, and Dame Mary Marsh, founding Director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and former Chief Executive of the NSPCC.

Daniel Phelan, organiser of the Charity Awards 2010 said:

"The Charity Awards recognise and reward the fantastic work that takes place within the voluntary sector right across the UK and beyond. It's so important that we acknowledge the achievements of voluntary organisations because it applauds the people who are least likely to expect any recognition but most likely deserve it.

"Over the years, many wonderful charities, large and small, have been recognised by the Charity Awards, highlighting the major and selfless contribution they make to society and the huge effort and commitment that goes into making them work. By being short-listed, Breast Cancer Care has already demonstrated that it is amongst the best-managed charities in the UK. I wish everyone involved the best of luck on the night."

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For more information about Breast Cancer Care please contact:
Ian Manley on 020 7960 3450 or www.breastcancercare.org.uk

Breast Cancer Care is here for anyone affected by breast cancer. We bring people together, provide information and support, and campaign for improved standards of care. We use our understanding of people's experience of breast cancer and our clinical expertise in everything we do.

Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.

For more information about the Charity Awards 2010 please contact:
Theresa Osen at Origin Communications
020 7729 0007
theresa@originuk.com
www.charityawards.co.uk

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