A TERMINALLY ill cancer patient is dedicating what time she has left to helping others beat the illness.

Selfless Catherine Clotworthy scooped an award for her work as a Gentle Movement Instructor.

She was presented with the annual Jim Dunlop Memorial Award for her East Ayrshire Move More classes which teach local people Tai Chi and Chi Gong.

Jim Dunlop had been a devoted volunteer Walk Leader and a great believer in getting as many people as possible involved in physical activity regardless of their age or ability.

Councillor Elena Whitham, with members of Jim’s family, presented Catherine with the awardin recognition of the remarkable work she carries out within the local community.

Cllr Whitham said: “It was a real honour to meet Cathy and hear more about the work she does to support people who are living with cancer in East Ayrshire.

"Cathy herself has received the most difficult news, that she has terminal cancer and has faced so much over the past few years.

"Despite her diagnosis, or maybe because of her diagnosis, she has been determined to help support others and spread the word of the importance of exercise and positive thinking.

“Cathy has push d herself to learn new skills and found incredible strength to encourage and support others at a dark time in their lives.

"It was a privilege to present Cathy with the Jim DunlopMemorial Award for Volunteering and to thank her, from the bottom of all our hearts, for all that she has done.”

If you are affected by cancer or would like further information about Move More please contact the Move More DevelopmentOfficer for East Ayrshire, Allie Owen on 01563 576376 or email allister.owen@east-ayrshire.gov.uk