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Daily commended for cancer research coverage

A regional newspaper has been commended for its ‘excellent coverage’ of a cancer charity.

Southampton based Newsquest title The Southern Daily Echo received the accolade from Cancer Research UK in its annual Flame of Hope Awards.

The paper won the award in the media supporter of the year category in recognition of its exceptional support over many years under the editorship of Ian Murray.

Features editor Andy Bissell was also given recognition for co-ordinating coverage of a wide selection of articles online as well as in the newspaper and associated weekly newspaper titles throughout Hampshire.

Editor in chief Ian Murray said: “To receive this accolade for the team here at the Echo is marvellous. It recognises the hard work they have put in to ensure we give the best support we can to such a worthy cause.”

The paper’s support for the popular Race for Life series was singled out for praise, having inspired many women to take part. Also featured in the paper was the work of the Piam Brown Ward – the specialist children’s oncology unit at Southampton General Hospital – and how fundraisers helped to make a difference to children battling cancer.

Helen Johnstone, from Cancer Research said: “Andy Bissell’s hands-on support, attention to detail and accuracy is second to none. The range and quality of coverage has been truly magnificent and their photography creative and punchy.

“The Echo are always interested to hear about new research and report it accurately, while always looking for ways to make the subject more engaging for the reader. They understand the importance of research breakthroughs.”