The Deborah Hutton Award

for supporting people affected by cancer

About this award

Deborah Hutton wrote ‘What can I do to help?’ a book published by Macmillan that offers 75 practical ways family and friends can help a loved one through cancer. Sadly, Deborah passed away from lung cancer in 2005. Created in her memory, The Deborah Hutton award celebrates individuals who:

  • provide one-to-one support, offer a listening ear, give advice and support to people affected by cancer
  • show care and compassion for people affected by cancer
  • demonstrate empathy in their volunteer role 
  • are there for people at a time of need, whether it is just one person that they make a significant difference to, or many people affected by cancer.

Nina Cristinacce, 2017 UK winner
The compassionate helper going the extra mile

Nina has drawn on her own experience of cancer – and that of her parents – to help others living with cancer. She became a volunteer for Macmillan Community Helpers Bangor in 2013, and has since provided invaluable support to six people with cancer, and their families. Whether offering practical help with housework, much-needed companionship, or in her role as a Cancer Voice for Macmillan, Nina always goes above and beyond for the people she supports. Her compassion shines through in everything she does.

For any further queries, please contact our Volunteering team at or on 020 7840 4644.