The Deborah Hutton Award

for supporting people affected by cancer

About this award

Deborah Hutton wrote ‘What can I do to help?’ a book published by Macmillan that offers 75 practical ways family and friends can help a loved one through cancer. Sadly, Deborah passed away from lung cancer in 2005. Created in her memory, The Deborah Hutton award celebrates individuals or groups who provide practical care and support to people affected by cancer, beyond the expectations of their role. 2017 winner's story coming soon. 

2016 UK winner - Sue Yates
The role model offering a listening ear

Sue has dedicated herself to her role of Macmillan Support and Information Centre volunteer for five years and is an invaluable member of the team at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust. Her monitoring and evaluation skills are paramount to the smooth running of this busy centre. Whether she’s supporting clients, helping to run the Look Good Feel Better programme or ensuring the wellbeing of other volunteers, she always goes the extra mile.

Sue’s empathy and compassion shines through in everything she does. She has an outstanding ability to recognise and respond to the varied needs of people affected by cancer, and she always knows how to put people at ease. What’s more, Sue is an excellent role model for other volunteers at the centre and is always the first to assist with any community outreach events.

Image of Sue Yates - the national winner of the Deborah Hutton Award.

Meet our 2016 UK winner

Meet our 2016 UK winner

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020 7840 4720.