The charity Cancer Research UK has appointed a nurse to be its ambassador for the Corby area.
Sophie Gorman, of Brigstock, who works in the accident and emergency department at Kettering General Hospital, will now help promote the work of the charity which she has supported for many years.
She has recently been backing its campaign for plain packaging for cigarettes.
Sophie, 22, said: “As a nurse I have worked with cancer patients and so I want to make people aware of the charity and the work which it does.
“I have supported the campaigns by Cancer Research and feel really strongly in the work they do towards prevention of the disease and the importance of the plain packaging campaign. I’m delighted to have been picked to be an ambassador.”
Corby MP Andy Sawford congratulated Sophie on her appointment.
He said: “It was great to meet Sophie and celebrate victory in the campaign for the introduction of plan packaging on tobacco.
“All the research shows that plain packets are less attractive, especially to children, and help discourage them from taking up smoking.
“Currently 240 children a year in Corby take up smoking, which is obviously very concerning because of the long-term impacts on health.
“Many local people have written to me about plan packaging and I have campaigned for this law change in Parliament.
“I want to congratulate and thank Sophie for the work she does as a volunteer for Cancer Research UK, keeping in touch with me and helping to promote action to reduce cancer.”