The founder of ChemoHero has been honoured for her work with an award from the Prime Minister.
Lisa Wallis, who set up the charity after undergoing chemotherapy herself, is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award.
In a personal letter to Lisa, Theresa May said: “You have responded to tremendously difficult personal circumstances with enormous courage and strength.
“Your ChemoHero boxes of kindness are bringing some comfort to hundreds of people who are undertaking their first chemotherapy treatment and letting them know that they are not alone.”
The ChemoHero boxes are filled with useful products to help with the side effects of treatment, luxury goods to make patients smile and items to keep their loved ones occupied while they sleep during treatment.
Many of the items are donated by local businesses in North Devon.
Lisa has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but hopes ChemoHero will continue to provide boxes of kindness to chemotherapy patients for years to come.
Lisa said: “I am truly overwhelmed to be recognised with a Point of Light award from the Prime Minister.
“I felt so alone during my own first few chemotherapies and didn’t want any one else to go through this emotion.
“We have distributed just over 400 boxes of kindness to Chemotherapy patients filled with useful and luxury items to help during their very first treatment.
“With this recognition from the Prime Minister I hope it’ll raise more awareness in how everyone has something to give and is able to help those going through chemotherapy.
“We may not have a cure for cancer yet but we can all give a bit of kindness.”
North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones added: “I am delighted that Lisa has been given the Prime Minister’s Point of Light award.
“The work that she does is inspiring and helps people at the most difficult time of their lives.
“My own family has been affected by cancer and I know just how important this sort of work is, both to patients and their loved ones.
“I congratulate Lisa wholeheartedly and I am honoured to have been asked by the Prime Minister to present her with the award.”