THE awe-inspiring work of a breast cancer campaigner - who transformed the medical profession’s perception of breast cancer genetics - has been recognised at a star-studded awards bash where she was crowned Mum of the Year 2011.
Wendy Watson (55) from Bakewell was named overall winner in Tesco’s national competition for her tireless work in setting up and running the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline - the only one of its kind in the world. When her mother and grandmother both tragically died after suffering from the disease, Wendy made the unprecendented decision to have both of her breasts removed to avoid contracting it herself.
Now she helps women from across the world in preventing the killer disease, and has taken on the medics themselves in her life saving work.
But her hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed, as she was pampered and spoilt in a lavish ceremony at London’s Waldorf Hotel on Saturday, February 27, and spent her day surrounded by stars including Beverley Knight, Shane Ward and the celebrity Mum of the Year, Sally Dynevor who plays Coronation Street’s Sophie Webster.
“It was a tremendously lavish ceremony,” said Wendy, who was nominated for the award by her daughter, Peak FM presenter Becky Measures. “We were sitting on a table with all these massive celebrities, and they were saying they felt privilged to be with us. It has really been a momentus occasion.” Maureen Rice, Editorial Director Tesco Magazines said: “We were delighted to present Wendy with her Tesco magazine Mum of the Year Award. Having worked so tirelessly to raise awareness of hereditary breast cancer, she is a very deserving overall winner and it was an honour to be able to recognise all that she has achieved.”