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CancerPal founder picks up Entrepreneur for Good Award

The founder of CancerPal, Jo Riley, has won the Entrepreneur for Good Award for Wales at theGreat British Entrepreneur Awards.CancerPal is an online platform supporting the family & friends of those going through cancer,so that they, in turn, can provide the best possible support to their loved ones with the disease.It’s a " one-stop shop" sharing information, advice and practical tips as well as selling hundredsof products that have been recommended to help ease the symptoms and side effects of cancertreatment - products such as headwear to cover hair loss, creams to soothe radiation burns andsweets to help alleviate nausea.Jo set up CancerPal to provide the help and support that she was so desperately looking forwhen her Mum was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and she explained that winning theaward means a lot to her: “I’m so proud to have won. It makes all the hard work and late, latenights worthwhile and it’s really exciting that other people have recognised the value in what I’mdoing”.Now in its eighth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in partnership with Starling Bankcelebrate the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the UK, rather than thebusiness’ balance sheet.The Entrepreneur for Good Award is designed to celebrate businesses and founders whoseprimary focus is having a positive impact on the world, creating social and environmentalchange, rather than building wealth.With Covid-19 restrictions preventing the regional finals taking place at a live event, Jo won theaward during a virtual award ceremony joined by finalists across every region.In a video message to finalists, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Entrepreneurs [have shown they]stay strong, even during a global pandemic. Coronavirus hasn’t stifled enterprise.“Entrepreneurs are creating new businesses and adapting to the crisis, as seen in this year’sentries. And that’s what we need to happen if we want our economy to bounce back. We needall of you to keep inventing, keep taking risks, keep creating new businesses.“It’s my job as Chancellor to celebrate, champion and support you.“Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you to all of you for everything you’ve done.”Francesca James, the founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “Jo has a wonderfulentrepreneurial story and I’m delighted for her to win this award. I’ll be keeping a very close eyeon what she does in the years to come and look forward to welcoming her to the community.”Anne Boden, founder and CEO of Starling Bank, said: “We’re entrepreneurs and we have spirit.We fight back and we’re very good at dealing with adversity. And Jo is an example to us all, ofentrepreneurs that are creative, innovative, and changing the world.“I’m so excited that Starling, a business I founded in 2014 and now the Best British Bank, issponsoring such an important Awards. And as one entrepreneur to another, congratulations togetting where you are this evening and best of luck for the future.”The winners of each category will now go to the National Final of the Great British EntrepreneurAwards, with a date to be announced due to restrictions on large events.