GOSPORT MP Dame Caroline Dinenage has celebrated the news that Charlotte Fairall has been awarded the Prime Minister’s ‘Points of Light‘ Award for her tireless campaigning to improve childhood cancer services.
Charlotte Fairall, from Stubbington, tragically lost her daughter Sophie at the age of 10 from a cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma in September 2021. Cancer is the biggest cause of death for children under the age of 14 and there are frequent cases of diagnosis coming too late.
Dame Caroline has been working with Charlotte over the last 18 months to develop a Childhood Cancer Mission, meeting with numerous health Ministers, including the Secretary of State, Steve Barclay, on February 2 who gave her the award.
The Childhood Cancer Mission provides a plan to improve diagnosis, research, patient experience, treatment, and the experience of survivors, where childhood cancer is often overlooked. Currently, 53% of childhood cancer cases are picked up at A&E rather than primary care.
It is because of this inspirational work that Charlotte has been recognised with the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award. A Points of Light Award is given to one resident of the UK every weekday to volunteers who make a difference to their community and change lives.
Speaking after the award, Dame Caroline said: “Charlotte has worked tirelessly to campaign for improved child cancer services, from diagnosis, research, experiences of patients, treatments and survivorship.
“This campaign makes a real tangible difference to other people’s lives. I can think of no one more deserving of this award, Charlotte has used an unimaginable tragedy to campaign for much needed change. I am enormously proud of her.”
And Charlotte said: “I am so shocked to receive the Points of Light award. I’m just a mum who’s fighting to create change and carry out my daughter, Sophie’s, wishes. I was therefore so surprised to receive an award to recognise the work that I’ve been doing.
“The true star and the one who should have this award is Sophie who, in her final weeks of life, thought of others and her desire to make a difference.”
PICTURED: Gosport MP Dame Caroline Dinenage at Westminster with Stubbington mum Charlotte Fairall and the Points of Light award presented by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak