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National accolade for hero inspired by wife’s cancer fight

Posted onPosted on 21st Oct

A Ravenshead man has been fundraising for Cancer Research UK for the past eight years in memory of his beloved wife and soulmate.

Now Mike Farley (above) has been named as a finalist for a national award to mark his “outstanding service to the community” following the death of Carol (Cazi) from secondary breast cancer.

Mike, who was head of service at Mansfield District Council, managing the engineers’ and architects’ departments, will contest the Community Unsung Hero of the Year category at this year’s Multicultural Business & Community Champion (MBCC) Awards in November.

The finalists were named following a record-breaking 400-plus nominations and 20,000 public votes.

Mike was nominated by Cancer Research UK after raising tens of thousands of pounds for the charity — through gala balls, raffles and by taking part in the Shine Night Walk marathon in London — as well as supporting its events across the Midlands.

The charity said: “He is an inspirational and dedicated volunteer.

“There is nothing Mike won’t get stuck into, from attending site visits pre-event to taking on key logistics roles on the day, such as course and event set up.

“His enthusiasm, passion and dedication are infectious and inspires all those around him.

“His tireless efforts are not done for praise or recognition, but for a deep-rooted personal desire to give to a cause so close to his and many others hearts.”

Mike added: “I am thrilled. This nomination means a lot and I would like to thank Deborah Jennings, Amy Hall and Lorna Hartley, from Cancer Research UK, for nominating me.

“I have never sought any recognition for my fundraising and volunteering work.

“I am totally committed to supporting the charity in any way I can to help bring forward the day when we beat cancer so others don’t have to face the journey my beautiful wife and soulmate, Cazi, faced.

“I have been inspired by the incredible work Cancer Research UK undertakes and the total passion, dedication and commitment of all staff and all my fellow volunteers, who always go the extra mile to support cancer research.”