The seventh annual JustGiving Awards ceremony took place tonight at the Brewery in London, celebrating the countless outstanding people, charities and teams who have raised money for good causes throughout 2016.
Carey Lander was given the Special Recognition Award, accepted by her mum, Eileen. Carey's family, friends, and band members from Camera Obscura attended the awards to honour Carey. Sarcoma UK was deeply honoured to be part of this special tribute.
In 2011, Carey Lander, the keyboard player and vocalist for Camera Obscura, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. When the cancer returned, she launched a JustGiving page to “raise a bit of cash to help others in a similar situation.” Within weeks it had become Sarcoma UK’s largest ever single appeal.
She dedicated the last few months of her life to raising awareness of osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer that mostly affects teenagers and young people. On her JustGiving Page, Carey spoke candidly about the disease and her motivation to help others: "It's probably too late to help me but it would be great if we could find something in the future that means children don't have to undergo such awful treatment and have a better chance of survival.”
Carey passed away in October 2015 having raised £50,000, a figure that has since more than doubled to £130,000, inspiring donations from more than 50 countries around the world.
Lindsey Bennister Sarcoma UK Chief Executive said, “We are delighted that Carey has been given this award. By speaking out and sharing her journey, Carey changed the sarcoma landscape significantly. The amount she raised from her campaign was groundbreaking for Sarcoma UK, and as a charity we owe a lot to this remarkably special lady. Her legacy will certainly live on through the research we have been able to invest in thanks to Carey’s fundraising.”
The awards received a record 14,000 nominations and over 110,000 votes, marking the continued work and support of the 20 million registered members of the JustGiving community who are transforming lives around the world.