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Do you know someone who has gone out of their way to raise Macmillan's profile?
Volunteer Award nominations open on 1 September and close on 1 December 2012.
Our founder, Douglas Macmillan, wanted advice and information to be provided to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients at home. Today much of Douglas’ legacy lives on. We are still a source of support for people living with cancer, and we are a force for improving cancer care.
The Douglas Macmillan Award is for volunteers who represent and speak up for Macmillan and, by doing this, help raise money, win corporate support or get essential media coverage.
Q: Please describe the volunteering activities that the group has been involved with. Please indicate the length of time and level of commitment for each.
A: In 2008 this group founded the Highlands bike event in memory of their friend Amanda, who died from breast cancer aged 45. The event has so far raised £70,000 and continues to go from strength to strength.
Q: How has the group gone ‘above and beyond’ what we might hope for from any volunteer? We need to understand why this group stands out from others involved in similar volunteering roles.
A: The event started off with around 70 bikers, but has now expanded considerably with over 100 cyclists dressing in pink bras to tackle the annual 400 mile ride. The group has managed the organisation of the whole event itself – from formalising the route to arranging the legal details and coordinating collections, they’ve made sure all angles are covered. The event has also received extensive media coverage and has gained significant sponsorship.
Find out more about our Volunteer Awards.
Find out more about the Douglas Macmillan Award winners 2011, Alva Academy.
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