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Founder of Cancer United recognised in New Year’s Honours list

A group of middle aged, male and female staff members from Cancer United at the 2023 Sussex Sport & Physical Activity Awards.
Jan in the red top along with the team at Cancer United at the Sussex Sport & Physical Activity Awards 2023. Picture by Nick Ford Studio.

Founder of Cancer United recognised in New Year's Honours list

Cancer United founder Jan Sheward has been granted the esteemed ‘Medal of the Order of the British Empire’ (BEM) in the prestigious New Year’s Honours List 2024.

The honour reflects her outstanding contribution, tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to enhancing cancer care, support, and advocacy in West Sussex.

This is the second time Jan has been honoured, after being recognised  in 2022 as a Platinum Champion by her then Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall (now Queen Camilla) for her outstanding contribution as a volunteer in the year of Her (Late) Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Jan said: “I am deeply humbled and honoured to receive ‘The Medal of the Order of the British Empire’ which is a testament to the incredible work of the entire Cancer United team, our Trustees, dedicated volunteers, and to the amazing individuals and families we serve.

“Together, we have made a significant and positive impact on the changing views of cancer support by the provision of facilities for pre-habilitation and rehabilitation through cancer specific exercise, social interaction, music and singing and I am committed to continuing this vitally important work.”

It has been an exciting couple of months for Jan and her team, after they won the Health Improvement Award at the Sussex Sport & Physical Activity Awards back in November.

Cancer United is a charitable organisation dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families affected by cancer.

Founded by Jan Sheward in 2012, the organisation has grown to become a pioneer and leader in the field of cancer specific exercise specifically for prehabilitation and rehabilitation and offering a range of programmes and services to improve the lives of those impacted by this disease.

The charity has grown to become a beacon of hope and support for countless individuals and families struggling with the challenges of cancer.

A statement from Cancr United said: “The Medal of the Order of the British Empire is awarded to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the community, and Jan Sheward has certainly exemplified this commitment through her leadership and dedication to Cancer United.

“The charity’s Trustees and the team at Cancer United extend their warmest congratulations to our founder Jan Sheward for this well-deserved honour.

“We look forward to continuing our mission to providing support, hope, and strength to those affected by cancer under her inspirational guidance and leadership.”

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