World Cancer Day
PM awards ‘outstanding’ cancer fundraiser on World Cancer Day
SHP contributor Paul Verrico, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland was honoured by the Prime Minister today, World Cancer Day, Monday 4 February in recognition of his volunteer work as founder of the charity Team Verrico.
Paul is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Widowed five years ago, when his children were just one and three years old, Paul combines his legal practice with a role helping families with children under 18 when a family member gets cancer by offering second opinions on Harley St, domestic support and counselling for the family.
Speaking to SHP, Paul said: “obviously it’s an incredible honour to receive recognition of this type.
“On World Cancer Day, it’s important we think about health as well as safety, and particularly the mental health of those affected by a long term or terminal illness and those who support and care for them.
“We have a proud tradition in the UK of showing solidarity in times of crisis and it’s important that we recognise not all battles arise just from the physical illness. If you know someone struggling through cancer diagnosis or a bereavement, please contact our charity to see if we can help.”
Paul has been recognised for his efforts in raising over £500,000 to support cancer patients and their families with medical, psychological and practical assistance, as well as funding research into the most aggressive forms of cancer.
In a personal letter to Paul, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The extraordinary amount of money you have raised is a remarkable tribute to your late wife, Anna. The support you provide for patients and their families is invaluable and you should feel very proud of the legacy you are creating.
“It is especially important, on World Cancer Day, to recognise the incredibly positive impact your work is having on so many families across the UK. I wish you, your family, and Team Verrico the very best as you continue your efforts.”
Paul added: “Whilst I am delighted personally to receive this award, it would not have been possible without the friendship, camaraderie and goodness of my close family and friends who deserve equal recognition. They have cuddled my head in times of torment, supported me in my vision for the charity and taken the load squarely on their shoulders when it became too much for me personally. Half a million pounds is a lot of money and this award is dedicated to the trustees of the charity, the senior team and all those who support our work by giving their time and fundraising to help us achieve our mission.
“As a volunteer charity which exists without salaries or an office, funds raised go directly to those most in need – this ethos is something I am fiercely proud of.”