Wensleydale cancer survivor gets charity award for fundraising work

Award winner Adam Alderson.

A Wensleydale man who had multiple organs removed during a marathon 17-hour operation to beat a rare form of cancer has received an award from a charity he has raised thousands of pounds for.

Adam Alderson has been named Macmillan Cancer Support’s 2018 Local Macmillan Champion in the East Midlands and North of England.

Adam, 40, from Preston-under-Scar, and wife Laura launched the Yorkshire Yaks fundraising team and embarked on a number of challenges to raise money for Macmillan and other organisations which helped him beat the disease.

For one challenge, the Yaks took part in the Mongol Rally which saw them drive from Leyburn to Mongolia in two old Suzuki Jimneys.

They also organised a Yorkshire Three peaks challenge with dozens of supporters completing the three hills – Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside – in under 12 hours.

Adam, who also speaks at events to raise money and the profile of the charity, said he was extremely proud to receive the award.

He added: “Macmillan have been there for me every step of the way through my cancer treatment, they have supported me physically, mentally and financially.

“It’s an absolute pleasure working with Macmillan to help fund our local cancer treatment services and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated or asked me to speak at their event the generosity have been amazing.

“I’m looking forward to working with Macmillan taking on more challenges and showing the incredible work they do.”

Adam and Laura Alderson with the vehicle they travelled to Mongolia in.

Clara White, head of regional fundraising at Macmillan, said: “This award has been designed to recognise the outstanding contribution our
supporters have made to Macmillan in our regions.

“All winners will have their story shared at the closing plenary at this year’s Regional Fundraising Conference to recognise their significant commitment to Macmillan, and help inspire our fundraising team from across the UK.”
In a letter to Adam advising of the award, Clara added: ” It is clear from your nomination that you go way beyond what we would ever hope for from a Macmillan supporter.

“As a result, we’d like to recognise your contribution to our work and say a huge thank you to you for being right there for people with cancer as a Macmillan fundraiser and volunteer.

“Without the incredible efforts of people like you, Macmillan simply wouldn’t be able to support millions of people affected by cancer. The valuable time that you give is helping us make sure everyone with cancer lives life as fully as they can.”

Adam refused to give in after being diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei – PMP for short – a very rare form of cancer that grows inside the abdominal cavity and will crush and destroy the organs unless treated or removed.

Instead, he fought the disease and, with the help of a team of medics who performed a ground-breaking multi-organ transplant operation, he survived.