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Inaugural awards honours alumnus

16 July 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Terri-Ann Williams is first recipient of Jonathan Saunders Memorial Award

Pictured below: Terri-Ann Williams receiving the Jonathan Saunders Memorial Award from Jonathan’s widow Adella, who he met on the course at UCLan, and his father Gerry.

A successful University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) journalism graduate has been presented with an award in honour of an alumnus who died last year from bone cancer.

Newspaper journalism graduate Terri-Ann Williams was the recipient of the inaugural Jonathan Saunders Memorial Award.

She was presented with the trophy by Jonathan’s widow Adella, who he met on the print journalism course at UCLan, and his father Gerry.

Jonathan was a weekly newspaper reporter at the Hemel Hempstead Gazette and covered the market town of Tring when he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 24 – just one month after getting married at Bartle Hall in Preston.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and it was thought that he was winning his battle with the illness until doctors discovered early in 2012 that the disease had spread. He suffered from a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma.

He passed away in the Hospice of St Francis, in Berkhamsted, in early September.

Terri-Ann Williams wins inaugural Jonathan Saunders Memorial Award