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Burton woman in line for special fund-raising award

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A RECOVERING leukaemia patient could be in line for an award from the hospital where she was treated.

Katherine Sinfield heard over the weekend that she has been nominated for a 'Best in Care Award' from the University Hospital, Birmingham.

The 34-year-old, of Balfour Street, is currently working her way back to full health after she underwent a bone marrow transplant after being told it was the only way she would beat cancer.

She said: "It was a shock and a delight to hear that I had been shortlisted in the hospital's annual awards scheme.

"Since early in my diagnosis, I have tried to support the charities and organisations which have helped me through leukaemia and that involves the hospital as it is world-class in its care for blood cancer patients."

Over the next few weeks, a panel of judges will reduce the shortlisted names to a group of finalists for each of the award's 14 categories.

These finalists will then be invited to a special awards ceremony in late October, where the winners will be revealed.

Mrs Sinfield added: "It's still early days but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I reach the finalist stages.

"I'm also interested to learn who nominated me for the award.

"These details, along with citations from the nominees, will be announced in the October edition of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham trust's newsletter news@QEHB."

Mrs Sinfield has helped raise funds for the hospital through her charity motorcycle ride, the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon, and regularly tries to promote the hospital's work through the media and via social media.

The primary school teacher was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in April 2013 and spent more than 105 days in hospital last year (94 of these in Birmingham) undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a stem cell transplant treatment.

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