BCI UK Public-Patient Group member Ann Muir has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Ann is a volunteer for MacMillan Cancer Support and has received the prestigious award for her services to people affected by cancer in Scotland. Ann has been a Cancer Voice for 13 years, a leader of self help and support groups across Lanarkshire for nearly 20 years, a volunteer hospital visitor, and a founding member of the Macmillan Scottish Involvement Group.
Through her commitment, particularly to those with head and neck cancers, Ann has also helped to lessen the financial impact of cancer by assisting people in completing welfare benefit application forms and ensuring they receive the support that they need.
Not only has Ann had a huge impact on improving the lives of people affected by cancer but she has also been a key influencing figure, including representing Macmillan to the Scottish government in the run up to the Scottish Cancer Plan.
Macmillan, who nominated Ann for the award, wrote ‘you’ve been able to achieve all of this whilst not always being well yourself. But despite this, you always strive to make a difference to others, regardless of your own personal challenges, and you’ve used your personal cancer experiences to help others in so many ways – quite inspirational.’