October 4th 2020
Chrissie Jackson, co-founder of the Independent’s sister paper, Cornish weekly the Newquay Voice, has been named Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year for the West Country.
The Pride of Britain awards, launched in 1999, take place each year to recognise ‘truly remarkable people who make our world a better place’.
There are various categories including Child of Courage and Outstanding Bravery, and winners are nominated by the public. Chrissie, from Newquay, was diagnosed with terminal cancer last January and decided to make the most of every day by embarking on a series of challenges and fundraising initiatives through Chrissie’s Sunshine Appeal. So far, she has raised more than £40,000 for different charities.
She told ITV, which hosts the award ceremony: “It’s tremendous… doing the appeal and being able to put something back and also, hey, I’m still alive! It’s wonderful.”
Chrissie is now through to the national finals, joining the likes of Captain Tom Moore who raised £27 million for NHS Charities Together.