The Vicky Clement-Jones Award

For using a personal cancer experience to help others.

About this award

Vicky Clement-Jones was given just three months to live after being diagnosed with inoperable ovarian cancer. In fact, she went on to survive for five years – long enough to establish Cancerbackup in 1985 and ensure its success. Macmillan and Cancerbackup merged in 2008 to provide the best cancer information for everyone.

The Vicky Clement-Jones Award is for an individual or group that: 

  • uses their own cancer experiences to influence others
  • applies insight from their own cancer experiences to improve the lives of other people affected by cancer
  • demonstrates the impact that their role makes to other people affected by cancer.

Julia Featherstone, 2017 UK winner
The inspirational speaker sharing her story

Julia was motivated to give her time to help others understand what it’s like to have cancer after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. Julia’s listeners always find her story powerful and moving. By sharing it with passion and honesty, Julia has inspired countless people to donate, volunteer their time or share their own stories. She has spoken at fundraising dinners and balls, and received a standing ovation at Macmillan’s Volunteer Conference. Despite her ongoing cancer treatment, Julia turned every experience into a positive and she’s an amazing asset to Macmillan.

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