11 April 2017
Dave Simpson from Flitwick has received a national volunteer award from Macmillan Cancer Support in recognition for his dedication and hard work to the charity.
Dave Simpson will receive the Douglas Macmillan Award at the charity’s Volunteer Conference taking place on the 19th May in Leicestershire. The award is given in recognition for volunteers who represent and speak up for Macmillan and, in doing so, help raise money and win corporate support.
Dave has become a vital part of the local fundraising team and can’t go anywhere without talking about Macmillan, either encouraging people to fundraise or telling them about our services. He has been involved with corporate pitches for £100,000 partnerships sharing his story with the panel and explaining the real difference their support can make.
Whenever there is an opportunity for Dave to offer support to an individual he will jump at the chance. Dave has got to know our local Macmillan services in Bedford, in particular our information team at the hospital. He helps out whenever he can with outreach work, for example at last year’s Bedford river festival he helped to man the Macmillan information stand all day. Dave was answering questions from the public, telling people where to find support and just being there to listen.
Dave got involved with Macmillan as a way to give back after his own cancer experience, but it is safe to say Dave has gone above and beyond any support Macmillan were able to offer and we are very lucky to call him a volunteer, ambassador, colleague and friend.
On hearing he had won the award, Dave Simpson said 'I was gobsmacked and speechless which for me is unusual. I became a Macmillan volunteer because I wanted to give something back to the system that helped me. Being a Macmillan volunteer is fun, my favourite part is when I realise that I’ve said something that’s made a difference straight away.'
Area Fundraising Manager Pauline Craig tell us 'We nominated Dave for this award because he is such a passionate ambassador for Macmillan, he talks about us wherever and whenever he can. Most importantly, he tells people how Macmillan can support them and the different kinds of help we can offer. We are over the moon that Dave has won this award because it recognises what we already know, that Dave has managed to improve people’s lives by raising money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.'
'At Macmillan, we have a variety of volunteering roles and we always like to hear from people that might be interested in helping us out, because whether it’s minutes or months, hours or days, whatever time you can give really will matter.'
If you’re interested in finding out about how to volunteer for Macmillan please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 1000 200.