Seventy-year-old Maisie Crawford may come from a generation which doesn't often raise its voice, but when it does you had better listen. Just days after losing her sister to cancer she made a moving appeal to the First Minister Peter Robinson to overturn the decision not to open a radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry.
It was a plea which found favour with the new Health Minister Edwin Poots and Maisie - herself a cancer survivor - has now been named Pensioner of the Year for her campaigning. Thanks to her and her fellow campaigners, people with cancer in the Derry area will now receive treatment closer to home. Maisie's accolade is well deserved.