A PEEBLES cancer survivor has been presented with a special medal to mark a quarter of a century of volunteering at the town’s Cancer Research shop.

Retired nurse Sue Vipond is passionate about raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer, having survived ovarian cancer herself when it was detected at an early stage back in 2009.

She has worked hard over the years to change people’s attitudes towards cancer and promote early diagnosis.

The mum of three, who lives in Peebles with her husband John, urges anyone who spots something out of the ordinary to get it checked straight away.

Sue said: “My message would be to listen to your body.

“If you notice a change in your body which isn’t normal for you, then do something.

“Conquer your fear and go to your GP.”

Sue was presented with her award at the Cancer Research UK shop in Peebles High Street last week.

The presentation was attended by area manager Carrie Lennon, area support manager Donna Young, assistant manager Debby Strain, John Vipond, and several volunteers.

Debby said: “I have only known Sue since starting with CRUK last April.

“And in that short time I have learned that she is an amazing, inspirational lady.

“Sue is so passionate about Cancer research and to have volunteered for 25 years and also gone through cancer treatment is truly courageous.

“She has also been a great support to me and I am very proud to call her my friend, and delighted that she has received this recognition.”

The Peebles branch is also on the lookout for new volunteers, anyone interested can call Debby on 01721 720151.