788. Hannah Larkin
Hannah Larkin, from Middlesbrough, is the founder of ‘Butterfly Giving’, a charity improving the lives of young people living with cancer and educating young people about the illness.
Hannah established the organisation when she was 15 years old, after meeting a young man who required amputation to stop the spread of a tumour on his leg, and was particularly inspired by his story. The charity organises and distributes personalised hampers, which can include West End tickets or signed sports memorabilia, to raise the morale of cancer-sufferers and their families while they are struggling with the illness. Hannah also launched a campaign to encourage young people to frequently check for the symptoms of breast cancer and testicular cancer, in order to promote early diagnosis.
In a personal letter to Hannah, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Through ‘Butterfly Giving’, you have supported young people living with cancer and educated others about the importance of early diagnosis. Your work from such a young age is an inspiration to many, with the personalised gifts that you organise providing a significant morale boost to cancer sufferers.”