Pearl’s mission is to help

Pearl McCourt
Pearl McCourt

The finalists for the 2015 Scottish Charity Awards have been announced by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and Pearl McCourt from Linlithgow has been named.

The awards recognise the life-changing work of charities, community groups and heroes right across Scotland.

Breast Cancer Care Scotland volunteer Pearl McCourt from Linlithgow is on a mission to ensure anyone affected by breast cancer has access to the support they need.

Pearl (59), has been a volunteer for Breast Cancer Care for nine years.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 after noticing a change in her breast. She used a range of Breast Cancer Care services as she came to terms with the changes to her life after the diagnosis.

Pearl said: “I was absolutely amazed to be nominated for this award! After the support I received from Breast Cancer Care when I was diagnosed I wanted to give something back.

“I am so happy to be able to help others through such a challenging time.

“Seeing people come away from sessions feeling more confident about what symptoms to look out for or feeling beautiful again after surgery is so wonderful.

“I feel privileged to play a part. I hope I can show there is life after breast cancer.”

In 2006 Pearl started volunteering with Breast Cancer Care and currently volunteers across eight roles with the charity.

These include delivering Moving Forward courses which provide support for people after treatment finishes to help anyone affected by breast cancer approach life after treatment with more confidence.

She also volunteers as a lingerie model at the charity’s lingerie evenings to show other women how post surgery lingerie looks on someone who has had breast surgery.

These events also provide time with a trained fitter in a safe, comfortable environment.

Pearl is also a Someone Like Me volunteer which is a telephone support service which allows people to ask any questions they like of someone who has personal experience of the same issues, whenever they need it.

Martin Sime, chief executive, SCVO, said: “All the finalists have shown that they go the extra mile to help others.

“So much of that work goes unseen and unheard but the Scottish Charity Awards shines a light on it so we can all say a big thank you.”

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, on Thursday,June 4.

Members of the public also get to vote for their favourite finalist in the People’s Choice Award www.scvo.org.uk/vote