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 an individual who:

  • provides one-to-one support, offering a listening ear, or giving advice and support to people affected by cancer
  • shows care and compassion for people affected by cancer
  • demonstrates empathy in their volunteer role 
  • is there for people when they need support the most - whether it's just one person, or many people affected by cancer.

Sheila Barrow, 2018 UK winner

Despite having been through cancer twice, Sheila has been pivotal in ensuring people in Cumbria can always access advice and support, such as through the Carlisle Macmillan Information and Advice Centre and the innovative Macmillan Carlisle Libraries Project. 

More recently, Sheila devised and become the lead volunteer of Carlisle Our Story, which gives people with cancer the chance to chat while also offering them the opportunity to discover local and family history. 

Sheila demonstrates immense empathy and proactivity, as well as supporting people herself, she also mentors volunteers, supports Macmillan professionals, and sits on Macmillan interview panels. She truly is an inspiration.

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