Charity Fundraiser Matt is the 2012 Alumnus of the Year

29 November 2012

Matt WallaceA fundraiser who walked over 1,500 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End via 16 cancer research centres, raising almost £25,000 for Cancer Research UK, is the 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

Matt Wallace (BA Hons Communication Studies 2002) embarked on his Where’s Wallace? journey around the UK in September 2011 and walked around 16 miles a day for six months. Along the way he visited all of Cancer Research UK's dedicated research centres and filmed a series of short videos about the work undertaken at each one.  After completing his journey, Matt was invited to take part in lighting a beacon at Scafell Pike for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and also received the Cancer Research Flame of Hope Award for Innovation.

Matt has been an outstanding ambassador for NTU since his graduation in 2002.  He was President of the NTU Students’ Union, and later joined NTU as Student Communications Officer, then Press Officer.  He gave up his job on his 30th birthday to undertake his ambitious task.

Matt said: “NTU graduates take away much more than an academic qualification when they leave.  I know that I became the sum of all my experiences along the way.  I'm everything that the university helped me to learn inside and outside of the lecture theatre and I'm every opportunity I took to try something new.  I’m very lucky to have witnessed tens of thousands more students graduate, each one as proud as me to be an alumnus."

Matt will receive his award at a graduation ceremony on Saturday 24 November 2012.

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