THE ORGANISER of a marathon walk for Cancer Research has been given a global award for steering the fundraising campaign to £1million of donations.

Rose Dalton, from Chavery Down, Ascot, was presented with the Global Volunteer of the Year for her work organising the Relay For Life at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday.

The accolade comes after Mrs Dalton led the 24 hour walk around the famous track for a tenth time in July, with a wrap party held at the weekend to celebrate the £1,024,895.38 raised for Cancer Research over the past decade.

Ed Aspel, head of fundraising and marketing for the charity, was present to hand out certificates and congratulate the most successful Relay for Life in England in terms of fundraising.

"It has only just started to sink in really," explained Mrs Dalton, a retired child protection social worker.

"We couldn't believe we were able to do it. It is a very rewarding thing to be part of. The best part are the people you get to meet.

"To get some recognition and to know how important the money can be is incredibly rewarding."

The 71 year-old is now looking to hand the reigns over to somebody else after her final Relay in charge next year.

If you are interested in helping out or shadowing Mrs Dalton with the view of chairing the event, call her on 07799 114868.