Vincent honoured by cancer charity

Vincent Harkins and Greg Connolly.
Vincent Harkins and Greg Connolly.

A Cumbernauld man whose daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma has been honoured by a cancer charity for his fundraising efforts.

Vincent Harkins (48) won a Beacons of Hope Award at the Lymphoma Association’s annual awards ceremony, held at the Museum of London recently.

He has supported the charity since his daughter was diagnosed in March, 2012.

The ceremony took place during Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week back in September, which aims to raise awareness of lymphoma, the most common type of blood cancer.

Common symptoms of lymphoma include a painless lump or swelling, often in the neck, armpit or groin, feeling worn out for no reason, being drenched in sweat during the night and persistent itching.

The event was hosted by the charity’s chairman Gordon Johns and a citation he read out at the awards, said: “Vincent, his family and employees at Aspen Solutions have participated in many events including various marathons and half marathons.

“Vincent and his friend Greg Connolly cycled from Lands’ End to John O’Groats and a team from Aspen Solutions walked the West Highland Way.

“In total Vincent and Team Aspen have raised over £15,000 to help people affected by lymphoma and their support of the charity has been exceptional.”

Sally Penrose, chief executive of the charity, said: “We were delighted to be able to present Vincent and Team Aspen with a Beacons of Hope Award. We specialise in giving reliable medical information and appropriate support to anyone affected by lymphoma, and the Beacons of Hope Awards are a chance for us to say thank you to people like Vincent who made a difference.”