The Douglas Macmillan Award

for promoting Macmillan and leaving a lasting legacy

Our founder, Douglas Macmillan, wanted advice and information to be provided to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients at home. Today Douglas’ legacy lives on. We are still a source of support for people living with cancer, and we are a force for improving cancer care.

Criteria for this award

This award is for a person or group:

  • committed to making sure everyone knows about Macmillan
  • using their influence to leave a lasting legacy in their local area
  • engaging with their community through fundraising, promoting services, pushing for improvements in cancer care, or winning corporate support
  • using networking and media coverage to raise the profile of Macmillan.

How to nominate

Nominations are closed for this year.

You will need to demonstrate how the nominee has met the criteria and exceeded the expectations of their role. Make sure you include any relevant evidence in your application.

We accept posthumous nominations with no restrictions in place for how long ago the volunteer passed away. It is also possible to fast track an award if the nominee has a terminal illness. In these instances, please contact the Volunteering team directly.

If you are not a Macmillan Professional or a Macmillan staff member, your nomination will need to be endorsed by someone who is. If you don’t know anyone suitable, please call us on 0207 840 4720 or email If you need someone to endorse your nomination, don’t forget to allow enough time for them to read and approve it, and for any amends to be made.

Kelly Hayman-Bruce, 2015 winner

Kelly has spearheaded fundraising and media activity for Macmillan in the Bovey Tracey area of Devon for the past 16 years, helping to raise more than £275,000. She is an inspirational leader to a group of volunteers who raise money through regular events such as bingo nights, darts events, auctions and an annual New Year’s Eve party.

She’s also built up good relationships with the local press and in 2014 was awarded Palm 105.5 FM radio station’s Local Heroes Fundraiser of the Year Award and the Herald Express Pride of South Devon Fundraiser of the Year Award. As well as being testament to her outstanding achievements, these awards have helped to further raise awareness of Macmillan in the region.

Tricia Heard, 2015 winner

Tricia has volunteered for 10 years in a number of different roles. At the moment she helps to manage and engage 15 fundraising groups across Devon, including new groups that she’s sourced and trained herself. Altogether, these groups raise more than £120,000 a year.

She also organises a range of events, such as the annual ‘Ladies that lunch’, and produces newsletters about the fundraising activities in the region. Besides her work in Devon, Tricia sits on Macmillan’s UK steering and advisory group. She is always promoting the achievements of local volunteers and making sure that they have the best possible experience.

Alex Hutchings, 2015 winner

Alex has not only raised more than £42,000 for Macmillan, he’s also encouraged hundreds of other people to support us through his challenges for the boating community. This includes building a boat from scratch and then auctioning it off at the Southampton Boat Show, raising £20,500. And in 2014 he organised a circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight; 70 boats took part, raising nearly £13,000 in total.

Committed to making every spare moment matter, Alex spends most of his evenings, weekends and annual leave on his fundraising projects, and chooses to pay for them out of his own pocket. To promote his events, Alex issues his own press releases and has an online forum where he keeps his followers up to date.

Stories of his adventures have been published in boating magazines, newspapers, and on social media. Alex’s goal is to raise £52,500 to fund a Macmillan nurse for a whole year – and that’s certainly within reach.

Colette Lain, 2015 winner

Just a few years after moving to Yorkshire, Colette has already become an indispensable member of the region’s volunteer team. Colette originally joined Macmillan as a local speaker and then started representing Macmillan at various events, from black-tie dinners to the local beer festival.

Colette has a special passion and talent for campaigning. She’s already recruited more than 50 e-campaigners, and it seems her networking efforts know no end. In 2014 fundraising volunteers from the Cumbria team – the ‘Beijing Biddies’ – drove all the way from Cumbria to Beijing, China. Colette used her contacts from her husband’s time working for the British Embassy to contact embassies in all the countries the Biddies passed through – helping to drum up support, fundraising and publicity for them. On their arrival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, they even were met by the British Ambassador who organised a fundraising event for them, thanks to Colette.

Recently, Colette’s also taken on the role of Chair for a new fundraising group for Harrogate Hospital and Macmillan’s local appeal, and has started volunteering at the new Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Harrogate, greeting patients and putting them at ease. Her energy and enthusiasm really do seem limitless.

George Harding, 2015 winner

George, who lost his wife to cancer, has been fundraising for Macmillan since he first ran the London Marathon for us in 1998. He’s gone on to become one of our most prolific fundraisers, tackling 41 challenges over the last 16 years and raising more than £150,000. George does at least one overseas challenge each year – sometimes as many as four.

He’s also organised his own Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride with his son, and holds a raffle every year at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. George is something of a local celebrity in the Bath area, and was even chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through the city in May 2012. Now in his late seventies, George shows no sign of slowing down and continues to be a great ambassador for Macmillan.

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