Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Making the difference 2012: Best volunteer

Published 13/12/2011

Inspirational: Betty Campbell
Inspirational: Betty Campbell

Betty Campbell is an “amazing and determined” volunteer who has raised more than £550,000 for charities.

The 72-year-old from Templepatrick, Co Down has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to spearheading countless fundraising campaigns and says she has still “more to give”.

After losing many loved ones to cancer she was inspired to help raise funds for charities and just wanted to “do her bit”.

During treatment in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, she noticed there was no relatives room.

“I told the surgeon who was operating on me there and then that I would raise £10,000 for him to open a relatives room.

“I don’t think he believed me,” Betty said. But in a matter of months the target was raised and she handed over the cheque.

Betty is now leading projects to help raise funds for the new Palliative Care Unit in Antrim Area Hospital.

“I just want to help others. It gives me pleasure to help others,” she said.

“I’m just me, I don’t think I’m special and everyone has been so generous donating money over the years.”

In 2010 her efforts were given a royal approval when she received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for charitable services in Northern Ireland.

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