The Young Macmillan Champion Award

for inspiring and exceptional young volunteers

About this award

This award recognises exceptional volunteers aged 25 years and under who are advocates of Macmillan's work, raise large amounts of money, use entrepreneurial initiatives to support Macmillan, care for others with cancer, or who are living with cancer themselves and inspire others. 2017 winner's story coming soon.

2016 UK winner - Zara Salim
The volunteer inspiring a generation 

When 13-year-old Zara’s grandad was diagnosed with cancer last April, she was motivated to raise money for Macmillan by selling her old toys. She aimed to raise £150, and when people started to hear about her efforts through her mum’s Facebook page, she quickly hit her target. But Zara didn’t stop there. She realised that by stepping-up her fundraising activities she could make an even bigger difference to people affected by cancer.

A coffee morning that she organised in her hometown of Skipton, proved to be a huge success and raised more than £500. By this point Zara was on a roll, so she decided to arrange an auction night too. She wrote letters to local businesses and was overwhelmed by the generous donations that she received as a result, leading to the event raising an astonishing £2,000.

Zara’s passion and enthusiasm for volunteering knows no bounds and she continues to inspire others by sharing her story in the community and at school. Not only has she helped make sure no one faces cancer alone, but she’s also turned a difficult time into something her whole family is proud of.

Image of Zara Salim - the national winner of the Young Macmillan Champion Award.

Meet our 2016 UK winner

Meet our 2016 UK winner

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