The Douglas Macmillan Award

for promoting Macmillan and leaving a lasting legacy

About this award

Did you know that our founder Douglas Macmillan was also a volunteer? He wanted everyone with cancer to receive information and advice, housing at low or no cost, and care from voluntary nurses in their own homes. Douglas’ legacy lives on in the work we do today, together with our huge network of volunteers.

The Douglas Macmillan Award is for volunteers who represent and speak up for Macmillan and, in doing so, help raise money, win corporate support or get essential media coverage.

2017 UK winner - Dave Simpson 
The Ambassador who can turn his hand to anything

Since receiving support from Macmillan following a diagnosis of oesophageal cancer in 2009, Dave has poured his passion into volunteering for Macmillan in myriad ways. 

Dave is a proud volunteer speaker who is always happy to share his story, plus he regularly supports the local Macmillan information team at outreach events. He’s become a vital part of the of the fundraising team in Bedfordshire, helping out with everything from collections to corporate pitches to Coffee Morning visits. On top of this, Dave also acts as a local patient representative, ensuring that cancer patients’ needs are kept high on the agenda. We’re very lucky to be able to call him a Macmillan volunteer.

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