Yom Shlishi, 14 Heshvan 5780
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Birmingham member wins British Citizen Award

Joyce Rothschild, a member of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, has won a British Citizen Award for her charity work.

Joyce was presented with the award at the Palace of Westminster, in recognition of the incredible result of the fundraising campaign she launched to provide cancer patients with vital equipment at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Joyce fulfilled a pledge she made to the hospital after she successfully underwent radical surgery for an aggressive form of breast cancer, when such equipment was unavailable, almost 20 years ago.

Joyce committed herself to raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support to help the charity provide more care and respite for cancer sufferers and their dependents.

Starting 18 years ago with a small quiz, the annual brain-teaser is now a huge event which has raised more than £100,000.

Joyce, 59, was joined at the Palace of Westminster by other charity workers and volunteers, for a ceremony recognising their achievements. They all received British Citizen Awards and a medal inscribed with the words “For the Good of the Country”.

Joyce said: “I feel very honoured to be given this award, but it means as much to me to know it will provide valuable publicity for Macmillan Cancer Support and the charity’s wonderful work.

“Over the years, the people who have appreciated my quiz have kept me going and I thank them for their continued support.”

She added: “The whole day was a wonderful experience. I was invited to speak and it was humbling to hear stories of how all the other recipients, aged from 16 to 100 years old, had done remarkable things for the benefit of their communities.”

Joyce was nominated for her award by Birmingham’s Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi and accompanied at the ceremony by her sister, Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild.

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