SHE is a stalwart of York charities, and this year dedicated fundraiser Annie Greenwood is being honoured for her remarkable work.

Annie, from Dringhouses, has been nominated for The Press's Community Pride Charity Fundraiser Of The Year award by staff at Marie Curie, grateful for her tireless efforts to bring cash into the charity.

Community fundraiser Sarah Brooks said Marie Curie had many dedicated volunteers, but Annie stands out from the crowd.

"In many ways its the sheer amount of time she dedicates to us. Annie's always very readily available as well, if we ask for help she never says no.

"In the last month she has been out three or four days a week.

"A lot of people will collect for an hour or two, but Annie stays all day. It's a great help for us."

Each March, Annie helps with the charity's Great Daffodil Appeal and this year has collected around £3,000 in one month alone, Sarah added.

In 2005, Annie was a finalist in the Community Pride Charity Fundraiser Of The Year competition. This year she has been put forward in the category, which is sponsored by Linley and Simpson, once again.

Annie also collects money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the RSPCA and said she was honoured and "knocked out" to be recognised for her hard work.

"I didn't think I would ever be in the running for the prize again. It's an honour and a privilege."

She has been helping Marie Curie for more than 10 years, and loves the work.

"I love everyone at Marie Curie in York because they look after me so well, and I love the people I meet," Annie said.

"I am constantly told when I am out collecting how wonderful the Marie Curie nurses are, because they don't just look after the patient but the family as well."

Annie first got involved with the charity in memory of her father, who died of cancer before Marie Curie's nurses were well known.

It was a very difficult and upsetting time for the family, she said, and by raising money for the Marie Curie nurses she hopes to stop other families from having to face such difficulties alone.

"I think about every £20 paying for an hour's care at home for somebody at the end of their life," Annie added.

- Do you know a dedicated volunteers who puts their time and energy into raising much needed funds for good causes? Charity Fundraiser Of The Year is one of 13 categories in the Community Pride awards, which are sponsored by Benenden Health. To nominate someone, go to

All nominees must live in, or contribute to life in, the City of York Council area.

Three finalists from each category will be invited to the awards ceremony at York Racecourse in October, when the winners will be revealed.