Clare Smith lands top award despite cancer fight

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AN Edinburgh businesswoman has been named Communicator of the Year by her peers – despite battling cancer for the last six months.

Clare Smith was given the prestigious title at last night’s annual CIPR PRide Awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Picture: John Linton

Picture: John Linton

Smith, 39, was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer in May, shortly after taking over as Chief Marketing Officer at the Scottish Government. Her role included working on the successful Elaine C Smith breast cancer awareness campaign.

As a result of her involvement, she herself was checked for cancer and diagnosed.

However, despite undergoing debilitating chemotherapy she has continued to work full-time on government campaigns including knife crime, flu and ready for winter.

Smith said: “I am humbled to be given this title. I work with a talented team which has been hugely supportive to me.

“Breast cancer is a serious illness for any woman, but it doesn’t have to mean that your career comes to a halt.”