The Sir Hugh Dundas Award

for exceptionally passionate and committed individuals

Sir Hugh Dundas was Macmillan’s chairman in the 1980s. A fighter pilot in the Second World War, he flew alongside famous pilot Douglas Bader and was awarded the distinguished flying cross, among other prestigious honours. He died from cancer in 1995.


Criteria for this award

This award is for a person:

  • going above and beyond all other criteria to make an outstanding contribution to Macmillan
  • making a significant commitment, passion and dedication to Macmillan
  • deserving recognition as the overall volunteer of the year.

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.

Sue Bridger, 2015 winner

When Sue lost her mother-in-law to cancer, the family were supported by Macmillan and she was inspired to join the Castle Cary Committee after retiring in Somerset. Since then Sue’s gone from committee member, to Chair, to County Chair, and is now Area Chair for the whole of Somerset and Dorset – leading and inspiring fundraising teams in both counties.

Sue’s widely seen as an exceptional leader who’s always ready and willing to make the most of her networking skills to raise funds and awareness for Macmillan. For example, she persuaded Sir Benjamin Slade to let her use the beautiful Maunsel House for free for the annual Somerset Christmas Fair – an event that brings in up to £10,000 for Macmillan each year.

From opening her own garden to the public, to delivering WI cookery demonstrations and doing an annual reading on Macmillan’s behalf at Wells Cathedral – Sue really does go above and beyond the expectations of her role with a particular passion and drive.

Irene Cameron, 2015 winner

Irene has been a member of the Newport Committee for 35 years and Chair for over a decade. During that time she’s led the team of volunteers to raise more than £173,398, and supported the Mayor of Newport to raise £25,000 during her time on his 2013/2014 Charity Committee. She’s even cleaned the local bus shelter because the council couldn’t find anyone else to do it – on agreement that the service fee is donated to Macmillan.

Irene’s continued commitment to Macmillan has been outstanding. And although committee membership numbers are low, she remains as determined as ever to help her team raise as much money as possible. They raised £12,000 in 2014 alone.

Popular events on the fundraising calendar include the village garden trail, which raises almost £1,000 a year, the annual choir concert, and the famous Christmas dinner, which is always a sell-out.

In her local community, Irene’s well known and respected for her loyalty, leadership and fundraising expertise. So much so that her village has been affectionately dubbed the ‘green village’ because of its overwhelming support for Macmillan. We like the sound of that.

Julia Fenton-Hodes, 2015 winner

Julia became a volunteer speaker and Macmillan Cancer Voice just a few years after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 1999, and she’s been speaking out for us with energy and passion ever since.

She has spoken at a number of high-profile events – including giving a speech to MPs at Parliament, which resulted in the health secretary at the time helping to fight for cancer patients’ rights. She’s also given talks at corporate pitches and launch events worth at least £500,000 for Macmillan over the course of the last year, took part in the Jacques Vert Coatwalk fashion show and, in 2014, very kindly opened up her home to be featured in our World’s Biggest Coffee Morning advert. Her coffee mornings have raised at least £16,000.

Julia’s continued passion, drive and commitment to making her time matter for Macmillan are an inspiration to everyone in the London team and across the organisation.

Paul Loftus, 2015 winner

In 1999 Paul organised a sponsored cycle ride in memory of his good friend, Fred Whitton, to raise money for Macmillan, with 80 cyclists taking part. Thanks to Paul’s dedication, the event has since grown into the UK’s top cycle sportive – the Fred Whitton Challenge. But Paul still puts Macmillan first. In fact, the incredible £100,000 increase in online donations in 2014 came about because Paul wanted to cooperate more closely with Macmillan to bring the total raised by the event to over £1 million. And it’s a goal that looks certain to be achieved in 2015.

The Fred Whitton Challenge would not be the huge success it is today without Paul’s fantastic leadership skills. He’s involved in recruiting the some 2,000 cyclists who now take part. He also brings together the people, companies and groups needed to ensure the sportive goes smoothly – including his very own Lakes Road Club, with many of its members helping to run the event.

Paul uses his passion and enthusiasm for Macmillan to spread our message to a wider audience, including many younger people, and we feature prominently in everything he does to promote the sportive. But we aren’t the only ones to benefit: Grasmere council was over the moon when it noticed that local tourism got a boost on the weekend of the Fred Whitton Challenge. That’s why Paul was also voted Cumbria Tourism Personality of 2014.

Neil Stevenson, 2015 winner

Neil Stevenson was appointed Chair of the Macmillan Dumfries and Galloway Appeal Fundraising Group in 2002, inspiring the team and personally raising more than £100,000 towards the £1 million appeal to build a new Macmillan information and support centre at Dumfries Royal Infirmary.

Thanks to Neil’s leadership, the new centre opened in 2003. Sadly Neil was diagnosed with terminal myeloma in 2012. But, never one to sit still, he decided he wanted to make his time matter by doing something positive to help Macmillan. He’s since written and published his book My Trip of a Lifetime (Myeloma & Me), which is about his experiences of living with cancer.

Neil asked 50 family members, friends and business associates to sponsor the book’s publication and as a result raised £103,000, which was donated to Macmillan in August 2014. Neil hopes to raise a further £15,000 from the sale of the books, which are currently on sale for a suggested donation of £5 each.

It seems Neil’s efforts for Macmillan know no limits; recently he’s offered to introduce us to his network of celebrities and business contacts in Scotland. Their support will allow us to do even more to support people affected by cancer.

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