The Sir Hugh Dundas Volunteer of the Year Award
The Sir Hugh Dundas Volunteer of the Year Award is for volunteers who make an exceptional, highly innovative and outstanding contribution over a significant period of time that goes above and beyond the criteria for the other Macmillan volunteer awards.
This is Macmillan's most prestigious award. (You can view previous winners of The Sir Hugh Dundas Award here.)
Nominations have now closed for the Macmillan Volunteer Awards for this year. Winners will be announced here in Spring 2015 and invited to the awards ceremony dinner at our first ever volunteer conference. Nominations for 2016 re-open on 1 September 2015. If you have any questions about the awards you can contact us here.
Sir Hugh Dundas was Macmillan’s chairman in the 1980s.
A fighter pilot in the Second World War, he flew with Douglas Bader and was awarded the distinguished flying cross, among other prestigious honours. He died from cancer in 1995.
Do you know anyone who has made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to our cause over a significant period of time?
Example of a successful nomination
Q: Please describe the volunteering activities that the nominee, or group, has been involved with. Please indicate the length of time and level of commitment for each.
A: John’s dedication to fundraising for Macmillan began 20 years ago after losing his wife to cancer. He cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End, raising £3,450 for local breast cancer charities, and made the return ride two years later, doubling the previous amount raised.
Q: How has the nominee, or group, gone ‘above and beyond’ what we might hope for from any volunteer? We need to understand why they stand out from others involved in similar volunteering roles.
A: John organised his first cycling event for Macmillan in 1989. He enlisted a number of participants, raising £7,000 through sponsorship and another £7,000 in ‘matched giving’ from the bank where he works. Thanks to John’s time and dedication, the event has gone from strength to strength. It’s now in its 19th year and has made £500,000 in total. John dedicates hundreds of hours each year to the event, using much of his annual leave to do this. He’s one of Macmillan’s most dedicated supporters and is an inspiration to everyone who knows him. John is still only 42 and is focused on achieving an ultimate target of raising £2 million for Macmillan before he finally hangs up his cycling shorts.
Nominate someone for The Sir Hugh Dundas Volunteer of the Year Award
Nominations for The Sir Hugh Dundas Award will re-open on Sept 1 2015. You can view previous winners here.