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 UK winner - Nina Cristinacce
The compassionate helper going the extra mile

After caring for both her parents throughout their cancer journeys, and then being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer herself, Nina was inspired to use her experiences to help others.

Since becoming a volunteer for Macmillan Community Helpers Bangor in 2013, she has provided invaluable support to six people with cancer and their families. Whether offering practical help with vacuuming and dusting or much-needed companionship to those without family nearby, Nina always goes above and beyond for the people she supports.

On top of her Community Helper role, Nina also gives her valuable time to Macmillan as a Cancer Voice. She selflessly helps us wherever and whenever she is needed, and her compassion shines through in everything she does.

For any further queries, please contact our Volunteering team at or on 020 7840 4720.