The Douglas Macmillan Award
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.
Award nominations can be submitted between September 1 and December 1. Tell us about an outstanding volunteer using the online nomination form (our preferred method). Alternatively, you can download a hard copy and post it to us.
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.
Do you know someone who has gone out of their way to raise Macmillan's profile?
Examples of successful nominations
Q: Please describe the volunteering activities the nominee has been involved with. Please indicate the length of time and level of commitment for each.
A: Jim has been an active Springville committee member for 10 years, helping the committee to raise more than £50,000 per year.
Q: How has the nominee gone ‘above and beyond’ what we might hope for from any volunteer? We need to understand why this person stands out from others involved in similar volunteering roles.
A: Jim has developed and maintained an outstanding programme of local events, such as the Springville Supper, which raises in excess of £10,000 a year, and is always keen to support any regional or national events.
A retired banker, Jim also used his influence to secure a charity of the year partnership with ABC Building Society. At first this was just in the Springville region, but for the past five years, this has been rolled out to cover 10 branches across the south of England. The partnership has raised more than £20,000 for Macmillan, and the figure is rising!
Thanks to the time Jim has dedicated and his tireless commitment, not to mention the local publicity he secures, Macmillan has become the charity of choice for local people.
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.