A former organiser of the record-breaking Peterhead Relay for Life Cancer Research fundraiser has been made an MBE.
Angela Shearer has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for her efforts to raise money for cancer research.
The Banff Academy teacher PE teacher was awarded an MBE in December for her services in raising money for Cancer Research UK.
Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, has written a letter of congratulations to Angie for her commitment and dedication both in raising funds for charity and within the school.
Angie began fundraising for Cancer Research UK when she was 15 and has helped to raise £750,000 over the last 13 years.
She has helped to make Peterhead Relay For Life one of the most successful fundraising events of its kind. The Relay For Life event in Peterhead raises more than £100,000 each year for Cancer Research UK.
Angie is also well known for her hard work at Banff Academy, most recently acting as the driving force behind the successful Banff’s Got Talent event and Christmas ceilidhs, and helping senior pupils raise money for charity.
She said: “I feel extremely humble to be receiving an MBE. It is such a privilege but it has also been a team effort and special thanks must go to the family and friends who have helped me fundraise over the last 13 years.
“Also, without the incredible support of the Relay For Life community in Peterhead and everyone who has supported the Twilight Walk in Inverurie we simply couldn’t have raised the money we have over the years to try find cures for cancer.”
Provost Webster said: “Angie has been instrumental in raising huge amounts of money for cancer research and I am so pleased to see all her hard work has been recognised with an MBE.
“So many people’s lives are affected by cancer and it is thanks to people like Angie who raise money for research that improvements in detection and treatment are being made.”
Banff Academy headteacher, Andrew Ritchie, said: “Angie’s fundraising work has been exceptional and her MBE is well deserved. All staff and pupils are very proud of Angie. Angie’s work, in the school is also highly regarded.
“She works closely with our senior pupils through the Jasmine Charity to fundraise for worthy causes. Angie is the driving force behind a number of our school events and she is an inspiration to us all and a great role model for all our pupils.”
Chair of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “Angie’s dedication to both her fundraising and her work at Banff Academy is an inspiration and it is fantastic to see her recognised in the New Year Honours.
“She is a great role model for her pupils, showing them how much can be achieved with tenacity and a charitable spirit.”