Yorkshire Woman, Jo Jackson, Recognized for Contributions to Cancer Research UK
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Yorkshire Woman, Jo Jackson, Recognized for Contributions to Cancer Research UK

Jo Jackson, 54, of Strensall, has been awarded the Purple Rose Award from Cancer Research UK for her role as fundraising chair of Relay for Life York.


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The Purple Rose Award was created in memory of Rose Dalton, who founded Relay For Life Ascot in 2008 and through her leadership helped them raise over £1 million for Cancer Research UK. She sadly died in 2018.

Jo, a health and safety lead for the foodservice giant Compass Group UK & Ireland, has been event chair for Relay For Life York since 2018.

Since then, she has helped the community fundraising event raise over £362,000 for Cancer Research UK, including £70,321 in 2023.

In receiving the award Jo has been recognised for fully embodying the Relay standards and for her passion, which goes “above and beyond” to make a huge impact within the Relay community.

Jo began fundraising for Cancer Research UK in 2002 after her best friend Larna died of breast cancer aged just 34.

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