Mayor’s award for Diggle mum

DIGGLE’S Jo Taylor was honoured at the One Future Oldham Sports Awards.

The mother-of-two, who was diagnosed with primary breast cancer 12 years ago and incurable secondary in 2014, was the recipient of the Mayor’s Special Contribution Award at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Jo Taylor Mayor’s Special Achievement Award

It was in recognition for her work with breast cancer patients.

Jo formed After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD) seven years ago to provide a support mechanism for women going through, post chemotherapy or living with cancer.

She organises retreats that promote the benefits of exercise for their wellbeing.

Jo, who has 15,000 Twitter followers and 2,500 on Facebook, has also formed another group Met Up UK for those with secondary breast cancer.

Jo was asked to speak at the Oldham Sports Awards to tell her inspiring story after which she was “shocked” to receive the award.

Former England netball coach Tracey Neville, MBE, was the keynote speaker while other guests included Olympian Dorothy Shirley Emerson who won a silver medal in high jump in the 1960 Olympic Games and continues to be an advocate for sport across the borough and former Oldham Athletic head coach Pete Wild.

The winners were:
• School Commitment to PE and Sport: Oldham Academy North.
• Community Initiative Award: Mental Health Football.
• Workforce Advocate Award: Claire Timms, a midwife who has encouraged midwives and other NHS to take part in the Couch of 5K programme.
• Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award: Reddy Lenge for his battle against depression, anxiety and weight gain.
• Sports Achiever of the Year: Libby Genge, 14, current national, European and world champion is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
• Volunteer of the Year: Pam Hazelton, head coach of Oldham Netball Club, who helped six Oldham players making the Manchester Thunder squad that won the 2019 Super League Grand Final.
• Unsung Hero in Sport: Gareth Evans, for his work at Hollinwood Football Club.
• Club of the Year: Oldham Netball Club, the national Under-14, U16 and seniors’ champions and Greater Ma nchester champions at U11, U13 and U15 level.

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