Brave Hannah in line for ‘Young Scot’ title

Hannah Clarke
Hannah Clarke

A BRAVE Kinross teenager battling a rare form of cancer is in line for a prestigious award after helping to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Hannah Clarke (19), a student at Edinburgh’s Napier University, has been nominated for the Sunday Mail’s Young Scot 2013 awards in recognition of her fundraising work.

She’ll find out on Friday whether she’s won the title at a glittering event in Glasgow.

In 2009, Hannah had to undergo surgery to remove a rare tumour from her abdomen but it has since grown back and its attachment to her organs has made it inoperable.

But despite her illness, for which she requires pain relief and anti-cancer drugs, she has helped to raise over £10,000 for charity as well as raise awareness of her condition and the charities she supports.

Hannah, who is into her second year of a degree in Marketing with Digital Media, said her work was just her way of saying a thank-you to the charities for their support.

“It was a complete surprise when I got the phone call to tell me that I had been nominated,” she said. “I don’t do any of this stuff for awards or anything like that – but I suppose it is nice to get a bit of recognition.”

Hannah, who was chosen to carry the Olympic torch through her home town last summer, has helped to raise money for five different charities, including Fight Against Cancer Edinburgh (FACE) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.