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Beverley De-Gale honoured once more

HONOURED: Beverley De-Gale

THE CO-FOUNDER of the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) was honoured with a Special Inspirational Award at a recent award ceremony.

Beverley De-Gale, who has, for years, tirelessly campaigned for blood and bone marrow donors from black and mixed raced communities to come forward, was celebrated at the Inspirational Awards for Women last Friday (Oct 7).

Beverley, whose son Daniel died from Leukaemia in 2008, said she was "truly honoured" to receive the award.

"My son Daniel is the inspiration behind the foundation of the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust 15 years ago, and continues to be so today. Daniel's passion for life in spite of his illness, gave me the drive to do the best I could to provide hope to leukaemia sufferers everywhere. I'm truly honoured to receive this award," she said.

The awards celebrate the achievements of inspirational women from diverse backgrounds who have inspired a nation and projected positive images of women.

Beverley founded the ACLT with partner Orin Lewis in 1996 - three years after her son, Daniel was diagnosed with leukaemia - in a bid to increase the number of ethnic minorities on the UK bone marrow and blood donation registers.

Daniel became the first black person in the UK to receive a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor in 1999, but sadly passed away on October 8, 2011 to an unrelated health illness.

The award was yet another honour for Beverley, who last week (Oct 4) received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Princess Anne at Windsor Palace.

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