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

Dave Simpson, 2017 UK winner
The ambassador who can turn his hand to anything

Since receiving support from Macmillan following an oesophageal cancer diagnosis in 2009, Dave has volunteered for Macmillan in many ways. He is a passionate volunteer speaker who is always happy to share his story, and regularly supports the local Macmillan information team at outreach events. He is a vital part of the Bedfordshire fundraising team, helping with everything from collections to corporate pitches to Coffee Morning visits. Dave also acts as a local patient representative, ensuring that cancer patients’ needs remain high on the agenda. 

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