The Sir Hugh Dundas Award

Our most prestigious award for exceptionally passionate and committed individuals.

About this award

Sir Hugh Dundas was Macmillan’s Chairman in the 1980s. A fighter pilot in the Second World War, he was awarded a number of prestigious honours, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He died from cancer in 1995. 

The Sir Hugh Dundas Volunteer of the Year Award is for an individual who:

  • goes above and beyond their volunteer role and all other volunteer awards criteria to make an outstanding contribution to Macmillan
  • makes a significant commitment to Macmillan 
  • demonstrates a passion and dedication for volunteering with Macmillan and deserves recognition as the overall volunteer of the year. 

Mark Wilson, 2019 UK winner

Mark has been a member of the UK Volunteer Forum for four years. He has a real enthusiasm for spreading the word about Macmillan, and ensures that volunteers in his region are engaged with the latest developments in volunteering.

As Chair of the North West Forum, Mark empowers forum members to liaise with the new Neighbours Scheme in Blackpool. He is taking the forum ‘on the road’ to help volunteers engage with the forum and its members. He also finds ways to increase the forum's reach, so that more volunteers' voices can be heard.

Mark set up Facebook groups to help members of the Regional Forums easily network and communicate news and opportunities to members in their region. He also ensures events, such as our Volunteer Conference, are held in venues that are accessible to all.

Working with Macmillan’s Facilities department and Clarity Travel, Mark is piloting an improved accessibility approach via our online booking systems. The creation of volunteer profiles, which store the accessibility requirements of individual volunteers, offers a more straightforward booking process.

Mark is an inspirational person who is greatly respected by both volunteers and staff.

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