'Focus On' Macmillan in Dorset
Sue Bridger (pictured left), from Sydling St Nicholas, near Dorchester has received a Macmillan volunteer award this weekend in recognition of her work as Area Chair for Dorset and Somerset.
Sue received the ‘Hugh Dundas volunteer of the year’ award at our Volunteers’ Award Conference in Manchester, which marked the start of Volunteer’ Week (1st-7th June).
On hearing she had won the award, Sue said; ‘I felt very surprised and honoured and wondered if I really deserved it! I enjoy it so much you see. Volunteering has given a focus to my retirement. It has also enabled me to use skills and contacts from my working life to help others.’
Talking of her future plans, Sue has a very clear aim; ‘To reach £100,000 for Macmillan from “The Maunsel House Christmas Fair” - we are up to approx £60,000 at the moment.’
The Sir Hugh Dundas Volunteer of the Year Award is for individuals who make an exceptional, highly innovative and outstanding contribution over a significant period of time that goes beyond the criteria for the other Macmillan volunteer awards. Only one volunteer from each of Macmillan’s regions and nations is awarded it each year.
Sue was nominated by Chrissie, our Fundraising Manager for Dorset who said; “When Sue lost her mother-in-law to cancer, the family were supported by Macmillan and she was inspired to join the Castle Cary Committee after retiring in Somerset. Since then Sue’s gone from committee member, to Chair, to County Chair, and is now Area Chair for the whole of Somerset and Dorset – leading and inspiring fundraising teams in both counties.
‘Sue’s widely seen as an exceptional leader who’s always ready and willing to make the most of her networking skills to raise funds and awareness for Macmillan. For example, thanks to her, Sir Benjamin Slade offered the beautiful Maunsel House at no cost to the charity, to host for the annual Somerset Christmas Fair – an event that brings in up to £10,000 for Macmillan each year.
‘From opening her own garden to the public, to delivering cookery demonstrations and doing an annual reading on Macmillan’s behalf at Wells Cathedral – Sue really does go above and beyond the expectations of her role with a particular passion and drive.’
Macmillan was set up by a volunteer over 100 years ago, and our volunteers are crucial in helping us to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. We want to use Volunteers’ Week to say a well-deserved ‘thank you’ to everyone who gives their time to help us - including Sue, and her incredible efforts to help people affected by cancer.
We have a variety of local volunteering roles and we always like to hear from people that might be interested in helping us out, because whether it’s minutes or months, hours or days, whatever time you can give really will matter.
If you’re interested in finding out about how to volunteer for Macmillan please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/volunteer, email email@example.com or call 0300 1000 200.