A woman from Rowland's Gill, whose fight with thyroid cancer inspired her to set up a charity to help others, has won a national award. Kate Farnell was named Most Aspirational in the Inspirational Women of the Year awards.
She set up the Newcastle-based Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust and held the country's first awareness campaign where a thousand people had checks and two lives were saved. Kate says she was shocked to win the award.
Kate Farnell set up the Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust 12 years ago after battling the disease herself. Because it is a rare form of cancer she found there was little information or support for those diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. The charity now works around the country.
Her work has brought her to the notice of the Inspiration Awards for women, alongside Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Dame Judy Dench and Victoria Beckham. She has been shortlisted in the Most Aspirational category. The public will now vote for the winner