The Richard Hambro Award

for inspiring leaders

Richard Hambro became Macmillan’s treasurer in 1983, and was elected Chairman of the Trustees in 1991 – a position he held until 2001. Richard was an outstanding ambassador for Macmillan and a valued supporter of our work.

Criteria for this award

This award is for a person:

  • demonstrating strong leadership qualities
  • guiding and inspiring other volunteers to deliver high impact for Macmillan in the local community
  • who leads by example and champions others
  • who is recognised as exceptional by the volunteers they lead

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.

Mairi Campbell, 2015 winner

Mairi is a practice nurse on the island of Barra in Scotland’s remote Outer Hebrides. She also founded and now leads the Barra Cancer Support Group. Making a big impact in a short space of time, the group’s become a lifeline in what is a small island community with limited access to the specialist information and services that people affected by cancer need.

Some of Mairi’s achievements include teaming up with staff from Maggie’s Glasgow centre to develop an outreach programme for Barra, building links with the NHS and healthcare charities, arranging events such as the ‘Look good, feel better’ workshop, and generally campaigning for change.

Impressively, although she works full-time and juggles the demands of a young family, Mairi commits a huge amount of personal time and energy to the support group – leading and inspiring others to get involved and make whatever time they can give matter.

Ron Clayton, 2015 winner

As a Lead Volunteer with the Imperial NHS Trust Companions service in London, Ron recruits and trains other volunteers to provide face-to-face support to people affected by cancer in hospital settings. Witty, chatty and engaging, Ron always takes the time to get to know both his volunteers and patients so that he can find the best possible match. He also supervises the volunteers and helps them through any challenging times, including bereavement.

Ron is critical to the service and widely considered a trusted, sensitive and invaluable leader. He also shares his own cancer experience as a Macmillan Cancer Voice, helps to promote and expand cancer services, reviews cancer information, and sits on Macmillan’s UK Volunteer Forum – making sure the voices of all volunteers are heard.

Christine Hall, 2015 winner

Christine has been a dedicated member of the Deal and Walmer Committee for some 29 years, holding the posts of Treasurer, Vice-Chair and then Chair. She became Chair at a time when there were fears about the group’s future, after two long-standing members had left. But Christine ensured the team continued to flourish. She’s shown great commitment and leadership in her role as Chair, inspiring others to successfully raise around £12,000 for Macmillan year in, year out.

She also attends local events as a Macmillan ambassador, encourages friends, family and businesses to support Macmillan, offers help and guidance to other volunteers, and secures regular local press coverage to thank local supporters for their generosity. It seems Christine really does have endless energy.

Ruth Meeds, 2015 winner

Ruth leads the Skegness Practical and Emotional Support Group, a very successful team of volunteers who support people affected by cancer in the Lincolnshire coastal region around Skegness and Mablethorpe. She recruits and trains new volunteers, building up their confidence from the start, and leads them with real passion and expertise – all of which has taken the service from strength to strength.

A real people person, Ruth’s also spoken to GP surgeries, cancer nurse specialists, hospices and other charities to raise awareness of the support that her team can offer people. And she’s even saved a life: when one of her volunteers reported they were unable to contact a service user, Ruth got the family’s permission to enter his home. It turned out that he’d suffered a heart attack and may not have survived if it weren’t for her quick thinking.

Erica Tipton, 2015 winner

Erica has been leader of the Newbury Committee for the past decade. During that time, she’s motivated and inspired her committee to raise more than £440,000 for Macmillan. In her role, Erica oversees the partnership with the Newbury Cancer Trust, which organises the annual Newbury Carol Concert that raises around £20,000 each year.

But she’s always looking for new ways to raise funds as well – such as the successful bridge tournaments which are now a permanent fixture in the committee’s calendar. Erica’s outstanding networking, organisational and leadership skills will ensure that the Newbury Committee once again raises more than £40,000 in 2015.

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