Raising £1 million for Leeds Cancer Centre through the power of positivity.

Jacqui's Story:

In 1993 I had successful surgery to remove a small mole from my right leg, which was diagnosed as Melanoma, and for many years after I was clear of Cancer. However, in 2009 a lump appeared in the same place and after numerous tests unfortunately it was a secondary Cancer, which is virtually unheard of. Some would say I am extremely unlucky, I say I am blessed as I was referred to Leeds Cancer Centre, where since that time I have been receiving treatment as my Cancer is malignant in stage 4.

Three operations on my leg by the amazing Howard Peach ensured I could keep doing what I do best – dancing and choreographing! In 2011 the Melanoma had spread to my lungs. Oral chemotherapy thankfully kept things at bay for two years, but the tumour in my right lung had escalated to such a degree that in February 2015, another wonderful surgeon Kostas Papagiannopoulos removed the tumour and also my right lung.

Since then, I have continued with chemotherapy and other drugs for the side effects and although the above sounds devastating, I am really positive and living every day to the full. Life expectancy for an “average” person with my condition is usually one year – but as the specialists say “I am not average!”

Jacqui sat on a chair

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And here I am 10 years on!! I say “Everyone is terminally ill, it's just that I'm not getting off at this terminus”. I am still living a fun packed life.

So, Jacqui's Million is all about raising awareness, positivity and also much needed funds for Leeds Cancer Centre. During the time I have spent there as a patient, I have come to see first hand the tremendous work they do; long hours, low pay, but with an ethos that is truly outstanding – they really are all angels.

We need to help our NHS so they can continue to care for us, as they have done for many many years.

My goal and legacy is to raise £1 million for Leeds Cancer Centre, and if I can get one million people to donate just £1 then the job would be done! This money will be used in a variety of ways, but specifically for all cancer patients from children to adults.

Check out my Facebook page to see the amazing work we have achieved and how your donations have been used to help many cancer patients: 


We all know someone who has Cancer, or a loved one who has died from this terrible disease, and every two minutes in the UK someone else is being diagnosed. So if you can please help me with my appeal as every penny donated does count.

One day we will beat Cancer – We must all stay “POSITIVE”

We were thrilled when stalls were welcomed back in Bexley Wing and Jacqui was again able to have her regular stall selling Jacqui’s Million merchandise. The stall always proves popular among staff, patients and those visiting the Cancer Centre, with Jacqui raising
awareness and sharing positivity, while also providing peer support to those who need it.

Positivity Merchandise is available on our online shop!

Jacqui's Million has been recognised by the following award bodies:

  • Community Award Winner at the Yorkshire Women Volunteer Awards 2019

  • Third place in the Above & Beyond Award at the Inspire Awards 2019 

  • Finalist for the Kate Granger Award for Outstanding Contribution at the Yorkshire Choice Awards 2020

  • Happy List 2021 - The Independent - Celebrating 50 inspirational people driving positive change in Britain

  • Finalist Pride of Britain Awards 2021 - Calendar North (ITV Fundraiser of the Year)

  • Nominated for the Local Fundraiser of the year at the Yorkshire Choice Awards 2022

  • Winner of the Kate Granger Award for Outstanding Contribution at the Yorkshire Choice Awards 2022

  • Rotary - Paul Harris Fellow

  • BBC Radio Leeds "Make A Difference Awards" 2022 - Highly Commended in the Fundraiser category

  • Winner of the Above & Beyond Award at the Inspire Awards 2022

  • Winner of the Most Inspirational Woman of the Year Award at the Inspire Awards 2022