New Year’s Honours: Charity worker set up ovarian cancer research centre in mother’s memory
18:00 10 January 2014
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The founder of a charity set up after her mother’s premature death from cancer has been made an MBE.
Allyson Kaye, of Belsize Park, was just 22 when she lost her 48-year-old mother to ovarian cancer, a tragedy that spurred her to found Ovarian Cancer Action, which raises awareness about the disease.
She started off with just a part-time PA 11 years ago, but now employs 77 scientists in a dedicated research centre at Imperial College, South Kensington.
Ms Kaye, 52, has seen five-year survival rates for ovarian cancer – often called “the silent killer” – jump from
28 per cent to 44 per cent thanks to the centre’s research.
The mother-of-two, of Wedderburn Road, said: “What happened with my mother was very significant and I didn’t want other families to be put through what I went through.”
Ms Kaye was skiing in Switzerland with her daughters when she was finally able to break the good news with a glass of Prosecco for breakfast. “I was delighted,” she added.
“To receive an honour feels very special.”