The Richard Hambro Award

for inspiring leaders

About this award

Richard Hambro became Macmillan’s treasurer in 1983, and was chairman of the trustees from 1991 to 2001. As well as driving the growth of Macmillan during his chairmanship, Richard was an excellent ambassador for us. He was elected deputy president after stepping down as chairman and remained a valued supporter until he passed away in 2009.
The Richard Hambro Award honours volunteers who lead and manage groups to an exceptional standard, or inspire others to achieve outstanding success. 2017 winner's story coming soon.

2016 UK winner - Martha McGrath
The volunteer leading the way

Martha became chairperson of the Newry Fundraising Committee in 1999. Since then, she’s led the fantastic group of volunteers to raise more than £1.3 million and become Northern Ireland’s biggest Macmillan committee.

Martha is well respected among her fellow volunteers and the wider community alike. Since taking the helm, she has inspired, encouraged and mentored many new committee members. She’s also used her connections to maximise fundraising potential and establish partnerships that have helped Macmillan to retain a strong local presence. What’s more, Martha is well known for taking an innovative approach to fundraising – something that saw her organise Northern Ireland’s first ever zipline event in 2005.

Martha is currently helping to develop more local volunteering opportunities in cancer services, as well as supporting her local Volunteer Forum representative to ensure local voices are heard.

Image of Martha McGrath - the national winner of the Richard Hambro Award.

Meet our 2016 UK winner

Meet our 2016 UK winner

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020 7840 4720.