A volunteer with a local cancer charity in Omagh spoke of his pride after being honored with a British Empire Medal by the Queen.

Ivan Gilmour is Vice President of Care for Cancer at Tyrone Company city, and was named after volunteering with the organization for more than 25 years.

After learning that he would receive this honor, Ivan said that it filled him with pride.

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“I was so, so proud. I’ve been volunteering here for 25 years and there’s so much work here,” he told MyTyrone.

“We help so many people in the area, we are all volunteers here except for one paid employee.

“Care for Cancer will be 35 in the area this year, three people started it initially, then I came as a volunteer after seeing an advert in the local paper.

“A close member of my family had cancer and survived, which is why I wanted to get involved.

“Since then, we’ve gotten better and better.”

With its premises in Campsie in Omagh the cancer charity supports people with the disease and their families, including providing transport for those who travel to Belfast daily for treatment.

“When you’re in Omagh, Belfast is a long way to go for sick people,” Ivan added.

“We have over 60 volunteers here and I find the work so rewarding, which is what kept me here for so long.

“There wouldn’t have been too many days in the last 25 years without me being in our building doing something, I get a lot of satisfaction from that.

“I would like to thank everyone who nominated me for this, it’s an award for me personally but it’s also an award for the charity and everyone who comes through our doors.”

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