The Douglas Macmillan Award

For promoting Macmillan and having a significant impact.

About this award

Did you know that our founder Douglas Macmillan was also a volunteer? He wanted everyone with cancer to receive information and advice, housing at low or no cost, and care from voluntary nurses in their own homes. Douglas’ legacy lives on in the work we do today, together with our huge network of volunteers.

The Douglas Macmillan Award is for an individual or group that:

  • acts as an ambassador and commits to making sure everyone knows about Macmillan
  • uses their influence to make a significant impact in their local area – for example through fundraising or through changing the way a service or system is run
  • engages with their community by informing others about Macmillan through promoting services, pushing for improvements in cancer care or winning corporate support
  • raises the profile of Macmillan – for example, through networking, media coverage or social media.

Team McKeown, 2019 UK winner  

Team McKeown is an inspirational group of volunteer fundraisers. Headed up by husband and wife Des and Carolyn McKeown, the group has inspired hundreds of people in the West of Scotland to contribute and participate in fundraising activities.

The group recently exceeded its fundraising target of £1 million, and now has the next million in its sights. As well as helping people with cancer, Team McKeown promotes health and wellbeing in communities by hosting challenge events.

The team has now hosted over 20 marathons around the world, as well as five overseas cycling challenges, hikes, lunches and golf days – the list is endless.

Named Fundraising Group of the Year by the Institute of Fundraising in 2016, Team McKeown is an inspirational group of people. As well as raising funds and awareness for people living with cancer, it changes lives too.

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