The Douglas Macmillan Award Winners
This year Barry Henshaw and Noreen Henshaw, who founded Leighton Buzzard & District fundraising group, were the proud winners of the Douglas Macmillan award.
2012 winners: Barry and Noreen Henshaw
Barry and Noreen Henshaw founded the Leighton Buzzard & District Committee in 1988 and have supported Macmillan in their area ever since. The couple helped to raise an incredible £300,000 to improve cancer services during this time.
The most notable project of the couple’s fundraising experience was an appeal to raise £2.2million to build the Macmillan Unit at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. For five years the couple worked tirelessly organising street collections, nearly new stalls, craft fairs and race nights. Every penny raised was donated to the appeal. They also worked hard to promote the appeal through the local media including Leighton Buzzard Observer. As a result of their hard work the Unit was opened in 2003 allowing cancer patients to receive chemotherapy and other treatment in more comforting surroundings.
Barry and Noreen retired from the Leighton Buzzard and District Fundraising Group in March 2013 and they have been awarded with the Douglas Macmillan Award to celebrate their huge achievements, generosity and thank them for all their support during the past 24 years.
2011 winners : Alva Academy
Alva Academy were Douglas Macmillan award winners in 2011 to recognise their efforts in raising the profile of Macmillan in their local community in Clackmannanshire.
Every year the head boy and girl at Alva Academy are tasked with organising a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and leading fundraising activity to support Macmillan. They involve the local community in their quest and raise enough money to fund nearly all of
the grants we offer to those affected by cancer in their area.
Alva exceeds all expectations, in 2011 they raised £12,312 and over the last three years they have raised over £50,000. The pupils take part in shark dives, bungee jumps, Ben Nevis walks and many more sponsored events.
Most importantly, they were awarded the Douglas Macmillan award for the manner in which the school involves pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community to truly promote our cause and raise awareness of what we do.
Aside from the phenomenal money they raise, the spirit of the school is 'anything is possible.'
April Davidson, Local fundraising manager.