British Empire Medal for Cat Hartley
A Cancer Support France volunteer has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List.
Cat Hartley was nominated by fellow volunteers and clients and their families, as well as a senior oncologist at the Institut du Cancer de Montpellier hospital.
Mrs Hartley from Le Bosc, Languedoc, is French, has an English husband and worked in the UK for more than 35 years. She enjoyed a successful career in the retail industry after which she retrained in the field of Complementary Medicine, gained several ITEC Diplomas and established her own successful practice in London.
After returning to France in 2007, she helped set up Cancer Support France Languedoc in 2009, became president in 2010, and held the position for five years. She has continued volunteering with CSF Languedoc, especially in regard to client support. Cat has also contributed to the wider Cancer Support France network - in particular her involvement with training where she helped draft and roll out the national training curriculum to both trainers and volunteers across France.
Congratulations Cat, well deserved.