Lifetime Achievement Award

This prestigious award recognises one person's tireless and inventive contribution to the development of cancer care. This year it goes to someone truly special who has sought to improve cancer services since the very start of her career.

Lifetime Achievement Award - Thank you video

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner – thank you

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner – thank you

Lorraine McDonald, Macmillan Partnership Manager – Macmillan Cancer Support, North Yorkshire

As a Macmillan partnership manager since 2004, Lorraine has been responsible for an extraordinary range of developments, from major redesign programmes to high-value capital investments and innovative new posts. With a passion for improving the lives of people with cancer cemented during her 15 years as a Macmillan nurse, she is a remarkable ambassador for our organisation.

Lorraine works tirelessly and tenaciously in her pursuit of service excellence and demands the best possible returns on Macmillan’s investment. Her commitment to recruiting the highest calibre of candidates to Macmillan posts is unparalleled. So too is the ongoing, nurturing support that she provides to professionals – which helps them to become the very best they can be.

During her time in post, Lorraine has been responsible for setting up an incredible 294 new posts and 160 new services. She has appointed 408 new professionals and overseen the investment of a staggering £11,850,000. Of her many achievements, she considers pioneering the redesign programme of work around brain and CNS cancer in North Yorkshire to be the one of which she is most proud. With plans to retire next year, Lorraine will be sorely missed within cancer care, but she will leave an exceptional legacy that will be felt for generations to come.

‘My role is all about supporting the delivery high quality cancer services,’ Lorraine explains. ‘It’s about communicating with the partners we work with, listening to the challenges they face and asking how Macmillan can support them.

‘I’m inspired on a daily basis by the care, the passion and the professionalism of the people that I meet, and I’m proud to be associated with the Macmillan professionals in my locality. One of the things that I find really, really rewarding is watching people grow, make a difference and inspire their colleagues. I have a lovely job.’

A big thank you and congratulations to Lorraine. She is truly an outstanding Macmillan ambassador.