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Chair of Breast Cancer UK shortlisted for prestigious award

Clare Dimmer, chair of Breast Cancer UK, was one of five women shortlisted for the Daily Mail’s Inspirational Women of the Year Awards. The awards, now in their sixth year, aim to pay tribute to women whose achievements deserve to be recognised. Clare is a breast cancer survivor and founded Breast Cancer UK, the only UK-wide charity dedicated to preventing breast cancer. She met the UK prime minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, before heading off to the awards ceremony.

The HEAL secretariat are constantly inspired by the work carried out by Clare and her organisation, Breast Cancer UK. In 2005, HEAL supported their campaign and publication, Breast Cancer - an environmental disease, the case for prevention which demanded an urgent shake-up of cancer policy.

In 2010, a letter coordinated by Breast Cancer UK from scientists calling for action on BPA created major waves and contributed to the subsequent EU ban on BPA in plastic baby bottles. HEAL also supported this initiative to ensure it effectively reached key players and the media at the EU level. Most recently, the organisation has achieved quality UK media coverage with a petition to rid food packaging materials of BPA.

The HEAL secretariat warmly congratulates Clare for this well-deserved award and her continued environmental health advocacy at home and in Europe.

Clare Dimmer, chair of Breast Cancer UK at the event (left) and on the doorstep of No 10 Downing Street with other nominees (right).

Originally posted on 11 December 2012

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