Henry Garnett Award

The Henry Garnett Awards recognise the exceptional contribution many professionals make in directly working with Macmillan beyond their core professional role.

Henry Garnett award

The 2016 Henry Garnett award winners will be contacted in August and certificates will be presented locally later in the year.

These awards, given in honour of Henry Garnett OBE, recognise the contribution of professionals who have worked directly with Macmillan outside of their core professional role – for example by undertaking media work, fundraising, policy development or education.

During Henry’s tenure as CEO of Macmillan, we funded the first nurses as innovative palliative care posts. By the time of his retirement we’d invested £2.5 million to expand the nursing teams throughout the UK and launched an education programme to train doctors, nurses and students in advanced pain control and cancer care. Read more about the 2015 winners below. 

Henry Garnett Award winners 2015

Debbie Smith - Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, University Hospital of South Manchester

Debbie is a constant ambassador and advocate for Macmillan and works tirelessly to raise our profile in her community. She has established links with over 25 local community organisations, including neighbourhood teams, the local Red Cross, Real Food Wythenshawe, Willow Park housing association, the National Trust and local community groups. She has visited each organisation and explained the needs of people affected by cancer, inspiring them to offer a variety of support. This has included volunteers, funding for a Macmillan allotment, crafts for an art therapy group and specific activities for people living with and beyond cancer. Since 2010 she has facilitated fundraising events and received donations, raising more than £63,000. Debbie is also the face of some of our adverts.

Florence Doran - Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse Specialist, Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Florence has worked as a Macmillan community nurse for 22 years, and is held in high esteem by both patients and colleagues. She is a very strong advocate for Macmillan and a true ambassador. She readily supports local fundraising and gives up her own time to represent Macmillan at fundraising events. Florence has visited local schools, church groups and community groups to raise awareness of Macmillan’s work and is well-known in the community as a caring, gentle and highly committed professional.

Helen Tyler - Macmillan Therapy Services Manager, Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff

Helen is an ambassador for Macmillan at the Cross-Party Group (CPG) for cancer meetings and events in the National Assembly of Wales. She has addressed the CPG for cancer in the Senedd on person-centred care, and putting the needs of patients at the centre of discussions. She also supports Macmillan’s influencing and policy work around the Welsh government’s Cancer Delivery Plan, again with a focus on person-centred care. She's a valued and reliable media spokeswoman, going above and beyond the remit of her role to promote World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, for example. Helen also volunteers as Velindre’s representative on the Wales Africa project, advising on cancer rehabilitation in developing countries, and at key events in Wales such as the National Eisteddfod, where her ability as a Welsh speaker greatly enhances Macmillan’s presence.

Jenny Steen - Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse Specialist, Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Jenny was the first Macmillan home care nurse in her community and has been in post for 25 years. She has raised awareness of Macmillan’s work in local schools and community groups, and gives up her own time to support local fundraising. She always takes time to support colleagues working in distressing situations, particularly domiciliary home care workers and nursing home staff. Jenny is a very strong advocate for Macmillan.

Nicola Neale - Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Manager, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Wexham Park

Nicola far exceeds the expectations of her role in promoting Macmillan whenever she can, including at weekends and evening events. Her work in engaging with all groups in the community, such as the Asian women’s group and the Polish association, has increased the number of people helped by Macmillan locally. The number of volunteers working in the Information and Support centre, as well as the number of donations received has also increased thanks to her efforts. She organised for Rt Hon Theresa May MP to visit the centre and meet a patient and key staff, which was widely reported in the local media, helping to increase awareness of Macmillan’s services.

Vikki Jones - Macmillan Advanced Nurse Practitioner Gynae-Oncology, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire

Vikki has been involved in many initiatives as an ambassador for Macmillan. Recently she has helped to raise our profile nationally through a number of activities, including being the face of Macmillan’s advertising campaign, featuring in TV and print adverts. She is also the featured nurse in the ‘sponsor a nurse’ fundraising activity and a blogger for International Nurses Day. She is a truly excellent ambassador for Macmillan.