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.

Shona Mackenzie, 2019 UK winner

Shona is a Helping Matters volunteer. She provides exceptional one to one practical and emotional support to people living with cancer and their families in their own homes.

Shona recently helped a woman and her family from an ethnic minority community. Letting someone into their home to help was a ‘big deal’. She really got to know the family and they felt comfortable around her and trusted her.

Shona put the woman’s husband in touch with Macmillan’s financial support services and found an Urdu speaking volunteer. She also introduced him to MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project) who helped when he gave up work to look after the children.

Shona, a child-minder who works 40-50 hours a week, dedicates her only two spare hours each week to supporting others. She's passionate about what she does and is undertaking an End of Life course by distance learning. Shona is nothing short of amazing.

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