Flame of Hope Awards

Flame of Hope Awards

Nominations now closed!

Nominations for the 2022/2023 Flame of Hope Awards are now closed. Thank you for your submissions!




What are the Flame of Hope Awards?

The Flame of Hope Awards are Cancer Research UK's annual awards that celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding and inspiring volunteers. 

Our 2023 award ceremonies will mark 20 years since our first Flame of Hope celebration and since then, we've presented over 1,700 Flame of Hope awards to thank the committed individuals who give their time and energy to help beat cancer. 

Who can nominate?

Anyone can nominate a Cancer Research UK volunteer for a Flame of Hope Award.  Whether you are a Cancer Research UK volunteer or supporter, a member of the public or Cancer Research UK staff, we’d love to hear from you.


How to nominate?

Please see below for our award categories as well as our Nomination Toolkit which provides all the information required to make a nomination.

It's possible for staff and volunteers to submit a joint nomination - so do discuss this with your local team if appropriate.

What are the award categories?

You can see all the award categories and criteria in the Flame of Hope Nomination Toolkit, as well as plenty of hints and tips to help you write a standout nomination. 

The categories for the Flame of Hope Awards 2022/2023 are:

  • Ambassador of the Year
  • Community Organisation of the Year
  • Corporate Charity Fundraiser of the Year
  • Corporate Fundraising Team of the Year
  • Event Volunteer of the Year
  • Fundraising in the Community Award
  • Fundraising Volunteer of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Pioneer of the Year
  • Sharp Mind Award
  • Shop Volunteer Team of the Year
  • Shop Volunteer of the Year
  • Uniting Communities Award
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Honorary Fellowship – Events, Partnerships or Philanthropy, Trading and Volunteer Fundraising
    These are awards for our most outstanding and long-serving volunteers and the specific qualifying periods and criteria can be found in the nomination toolkit below



Regardless of the outcome of the nomination, all volunteers receive a letter and certificate from Cancer Research UK’s Chair, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. Nominating a volunteer for a Flame of Hope Award also helps our Volunteering Team identify volunteers for other recognition opportunities.

What happens once I submit my nomination?

  • After the nomination deadline on Friday 15 July, all nominations are shortlisted by a range of Cancer Research UK staff and volunteers.
  • All shortlisted nominations are then taken to our awards panel meetings, where the winners and Special Commendations for this year's awards are chosen.
  • Within each category, there will be an award winner and a number of special commendations. 
  • Award winners are announced to the people that nominated them in November/December.
  • The award winners will be informed in January and will be invited to attend a small regional event in March 2023. 
  • Special commendations will be presented by the nominator locally and everyone who is nominated for a Flame of Hope award will receive a letter and certificate from the Chair.