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Twelve corporate volunteers from the Boots head office in Nottingham were presented a Deborah Hutton Award for their role providing practical support locally.
We used this award to recognise the group’s efforts in supporting people affected by cancer in and around Nottingham.
The group was established to offer practical support, including cleaning, shopping, light gardening and dog walking.
After responding to need, they also spend time with patients who simply want some company as well as taking them out for walks and offering respite for their carers.
The Deborah Hutton award gives us a chance to truly show our appreciation to the volunteers for providing a fully fledged support service for those affected by cancer. Not only do the volunteers support others in their own time, they have also been instrumental in the development of Macmillan’s work, offering input to the evaluation of our services and demonstrating best practise for similar volunteering groups. They are passionate about Macmillan and are eager to help Macmillan improve the offer to those affected by cancer.
The group have also shared their learning and processes so that these can be replicated elsewhere. These include a clear operational policy, a time tracker to record volunteer hours and free first aid training available from the British Red Cross.
Each volunteer works a full time role at our partner, Boots UK, yet they give their free time to offer support to those people who need it. The volunteers have shown tenacity, enthusiasm and a huge amount of dedication since they were recruited and we are proud to have them as part of team Macmillan.
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