Sheffield cancer survivor praised for her fundraising work

Michelle France who has raised thousands of pounds for Breast Cancer Research received her MBE from The Lord Lieutenant of South yorks David Moody at Hallam Universitys Main Hall
Michelle France who has raised thousands of pounds for Breast Cancer Research received her MBE from The Lord Lieutenant of South yorks David Moody at Hallam Universitys Main Hall
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SHE is responsible for organising glitzy occasions in Sheffield – and always for the benefit of others.

But the latest glamorous party Michele France attended was all about her.

Over the years, the breast cancer survivor has helped to raise £70,000 for charity.

And, as a result, she was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June.

This week, Michele received her medal at a special presentation at Sheffield Hallam University, where she has worked as a catering assistant for 19 years.

The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, and Philip Jones, university vice-chancellor, were joined by more than 100 guests to congratulate Michele.

After receiving her medal, Michele thanked her loved ones, colleagues and staff at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where she was treated, for all their support.

Since 2000, Michele and her sisters-in-law, Barbara France and Sharon Beresford, have organised an annual party to raise money for cancer research.

Proceeds from the fancy dress balls go to the hospital, where Michele was treated for breast cancer.

Melvyn Jeffries, university hospitality manager who nominated Michele, said: “Her tireless work to raise money for breast cancer research is a testament to her determination to not only beat cancer herself, but to help ensure others can also overcome it.”

Michele, 55, from Waterthorpe, said: “When I got the letter through I thought it was a joke.

“Once I realised it was real, I couldn’t believe I’d received such recognition. I’ve worked at the university for 19 years and love my job.”