RECOVERING leukaemia patient Katherine Sinfield was the special guest at a charity cheque presentation for more than £100,000.
The 33-year-old was on hand with others from Birmingham-based charity Cure Leukaemia to receive the cash from Atlantic rowers Alex Bland and Harry Martin-Dreyer.
The pair rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in 50 days to raise more than £203,000, which was split between Cure Leukaemia and diabetes charity JDRF.
The Balfour Street resident first met the adventurous duo while she was recovering from her bone marrow transplant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham at the start of November last year.
At that time, Katherine, and Londoners Alex and Harry were filmed by BBC Midlands Today before the duo headed to Gran Canaria for the start of their challenge.
Katherine said: “I was invited to the presentation because I kept up to date with their progress throughout and would regularly send messages of support and encouragement.
“Alex told me that when they were facing death-defying 60ft waves, they would think of the patients – like me – that they were raising money for.
“The £101,601.44 they presented to Cure Leukaemia will have a tremendous impact.
“What’s very touching, is that Harry’s mum Alexandra died of leukaemia during the build-up for their challenge.”
At the cheque presentation held at the Centre for Clinical Haematology in Birmingham, Katherine was interviewed and filmed for a new Cure Leukaemia video by charity patron Phil Upton, who is also a BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio presenter.