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.

2017 UK winner - Jackie Easton
The shining light who's changing lives

After Jackie’s family had their lives turned upside down by cancer, she was motivated to give her time to Macmillan. Three years later and she’s made an impact in almost every area of Macmillan’s work.

Having identified that some people who were facing cancer alone needed support to access treatment, Jackie presented her solution to Macmillan staff. In collaboration, they developed a new volunteer service in Durham offering practical and emotional support to people with cancer who live alone. She has since helped treble the number of volunteers in the service, and successfully pushed for the project to operate at weekends. 

Jackie also supports Macmillan through representing volunteers on her Regional Volunteer Forum and the UK Volunteer Forum. On top of this, she also raised an incredible £4,300 for Macmillan in 2016 with a zip-wire challenge.

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