18 September 2015
George with his Douglas Macmillan Award
George Harding received the Douglas Macmillan Award for his loyal and dedicated volunteering for more than 15 years.
George has been a dedicated volunteer for Macmillan since 1998 when he first ran the London Marathon for Macmillan. Since then he has become a prolific fundraiser for Macmillan, having undertaken approx 41 challenges over the last 16 yrs. He has lost members of his family to cancer, including his beloved wife, so fully understands the need for Macmillan’s services and is what spurs him on.
He is a phenomenal supporter and fundraiser for Macmillan raising over £154,000 and takes part in at least one overseas challenge each year (some years he took part in as many as four) and has organised his own LEJOG event with his son.
Each year he organises a raffle which he promotes and holds within the grounds of the Royal United Hospital in Bath. In May 2012 he was chosen to carry the Olympic torch through Bath and he is somewhat of a celebrity in the local area.
Kaeti Morrison, fundraising manager, says: 'I have known George for a number of years now and the dedication he shows Macmillan is tremendous and I am so grateful for all that he does. At 79 years of age George shows no sign of slowing down in his support of Macmillan and most definitely deserves one of Macmillan’s highest awards.'
George on receiving his award said 'I feel honoured to be given this award and truly appreciate it. To support Macmillan and its wonderful work is a privilege and one I intend continuing. I enjoy involvement with the charity tremendously, in particular knowing I am helping to make a difference to those whose lives are affected by cancer. Apart from this, my fundraising has given me the opportunity of making new friends, travel to various parts of the world, and participating in challenges which once I would not even have imagined. To all those considering charitable fundraising, I would urge DO IT !'