The Sir Hugh Dundas Award

for exceptionally passionate and committed individuals

About this award

Sir Hugh Dundas was Macmillan’s Chairman in the 1980s. A fighter pilot in the Second World War, he was awarded a number of prestigious honours, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He died from cancer in 1995.

The Sir Hugh Dundas Volunteer of the Year Award is for individuals who make an exceptional, highly innovative and outstanding contribution over a significant period of time that goes beyond the criteria for the other Macmillan volunteer awards. Only one volunteer from each of Macmillan’s regions and nations is awarded it each year.

2016 UK winner - Sam Greatrex
The adventurer making a super-human effort

When Sam was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at just 10 years old, he and his family found the support of his Macmillan nurse invaluable. Sam was so grateful that he decided to do whatever he could to make sure Macmillan was there for other families. He’s dedicated much of his life to achieving this goal – and he’s done it in the most spectacular way possible.

Sam began fundraising for Macmillan by taking on a gruelling 3,000-mile solo cycling challenge across Australia. And that was just a warm up for his next expedition: travelling from Paris to the Pacific coast of Peru using only human power. The awe-inspiring feat involved cycling across two continents and making a legendary Atlantic crossing in a rowing boat. It’s testament to his tenacity that he crossed the ocean in just 51 days and broke three Guinness World Records along the way.

As well as garnering celebrity support and national press coverage, Sam smashed his £250,000 fundraising target, raising enough to fund a new chemotherapy suite at his local hospital. Sam is an incredible Macmillan ambassador whose super-human efforts and dedication are leaving a lasting legacy for other families affected by cancer.

We would also like to congratulate the following regional winners of this award:

Judy Waller 

Central South West England

Tom Hacker

East Midlands and Northern England

May Gilchrist 


Image of Sam Greatrex - the national winner of the Sir Hugh Dundas Award.

Meet our 2016 UK winner

Meet our 2016 UK winner

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