ANDREA Childs has been raising money for blood cancer charities ever since her daughter Beth was diagnosed with leukaemia back in 2017.

She set up Beth's Sunflowers last year to help keep her daughter's name alive after losing her to the disease when only 20 years of age.

Already Andrea has been recognised for her fundraising having been awarded the Freedom of the Borough commendation in Dudley.

Born in Kingswinford, Beth was a real Black Country girl who attended Glynne Primary and Summerhill Schools.

Andrea said: " Losing a child is the worst thing imaginable. We had to do something positive to channel our grief and loss into something that would make a difference and hopefully find a cure.

"To win the award would help demonstrate how serious we are about Beth's legacy and keeping her name alive.

"Beth always raised money for charity during her 20 years and she would be so proud of what we are doing in her memory.”

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SALLY Philpotts is a modest mum-of-two who goes the extra mile for a good cause.

Mum-in-law Diane is full of praise for Sally and explained: "Sally wouldn't tell you this herself but she has been raising funds for Mary Stevens Hospice since 2016 after my husband passed away.

"Recycling for Mary Stevens Hospice was born as a result and a Facebook page set up.

"People would take items round to the house at all times and a monthly collection was set up two years ago."

Those collections have already raised over £5,000 to date but Sally doesn't stop at that.

She also makes jam, marmalade and cordial to raise funds for the Hospice and is currently on the hunt for candle wax to send off to a candle company for reuse.

Sally always finds time for her fundraising despite the fact she works full time as the SEND director for the Shireland Trust Schools.

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DIANA Thomas-Smout has devoted her life to helping others.

Having worked in the NHS for most of her life, Diana was also the first full time administrator for Mary Stevens Hospice.

She's also been a special constable and a local councillor for Amblecote.

But it's Diana's work with Talkin' Tables that puts her in line for the Best Volunteer or Fundraiser of the Year.

She hit upon the idea of Talkin's Tables after seeing a similar event created in Chorley, Lancashire.

It's Diana's attempt to change loneliness into friendship.

Groups meet at local pubs and cafes in the borough each week.

They also organise trips out and stage events.

Diana said: "Talkin' Tables is a simple concept but it works. More importantly, it puts something back into the community.”

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