19 February 2015
Peter Danby Smith of Scagglethorpe near Malton, has recently been awarded for one of Macmillan’s top volunteering awards.
Peter has been volunteering with Macmillan Cancer Support for a number of years. This year, to recognise the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication that he has shown, fundraising manager for the area, Sally Millington, nominated him for one of the charity’s top awards.
Peter came to live in Scagglethorpe with his wife Maureen in 1974 after three years at the University of York. There followed a career in the retail motor industry when he joined in succession two locally owned family firms: Norbury’s of Malton and then Chapmans of Pickering until his retirement at the end of May.
In retirement he became gradually and increasingly involved with Macmillan Cancer Support as a voluntary fundraiser in the Ryedale Area covering street and supermarket collections.
As a way of saying more than a thank you, Sally nominated Peter to receive the Macmillan Richard Hambro Award. The award is for volunteers who lead and manage groups to an exceptional standard, or inspire others to achieve outstanding success. It is named after Richard Hambro, who became Macmillan’s treasurer in 1983 and was elected Chairman of the Trustees in 1991 – a position he held until 2001. As well as steering the growth of the charity during his chairmanship, Richard was an outstanding ambassador for Macmillan. He was elected deputy president on stepping down from the chairmanship and remained a valued supporter.
Sally explains why she nominated Peter for the award, saying "At Macmillan we really do appreciate our volunteers and we value the time and energy that so many people dedicate to helping people affected by cancer. Peter has been an invaluable volunteer for several years, but really increased his support over the past three years when the chair of the Ryedale committee resigned.
"The future of the committee was very uncertain but Peter wanted to ensure there was still a Macmillan presence within the community. He has gone from covering two hours at one supermarket to being the main contact for all the volunteers at all the collections across Ryedale. He meets, co-ordinates and thanks the volunteers, always with an enthusiastic smile. He helps us to get the most out of every opportunity; ensuring that we continue to raise around £6,000 each year, and ensuring that Macmillan keeps a profile across the area.
"Without Peter, the collections would not raise the amounts that they do, Macmillan would not have a presence across the rural area of Ryedale and the other volunteers in the area would have much less support. I am so pleased that he received the award as he does so much for us. The nomination had to be approved by our board of trustees, who also think he is a very deserving recipient and so I am extremely proud to be able to give him the award."
On hearing that he had been given the Richard Hambro Volunteer Award, Peter said, "I don’t deserve such an award but I am honoured to accept it on behalf of all those generous contributors who have continuously made my bucket heavier over the years. Collecting is great fun and there is a huge public generosity out there awaiting the harvester. But we desperately need many more collectors to come and help us gather in the money so vital to fund the care Macmillan provides and we hope that some of you reading this will be inspired to come and join us."
Join us for a worthwhile day of collections
The forthcoming collections include:
Friday 23 August - Helmsley Street
Saturday 7 September - Malton Street
Monday 14 to Friday 18 October – Morrisons in Scarborough
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 November – Tesco at Clifton Moor
If you are interested and would like to help, please contact Sally on 07801 307058, or email email@example.com