Flame of Hope Nominations for Shop Volunteers

Flame of Hope Awards

Nominations are now closed!

Nominations for the 2024 Flame of Hope Awards are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry!



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.  

Since 2003, we've presented nearly 2,000 Flame of Hope Awards to thank the committed individuals who give their time and energy to beat cancer. 


Award winners and Honorary Fellowship recipients will be invited to attend a regional awards ceremony, being held in March 2024.

Who can nominate?

Both Cancer Research UK staff and current volunteers can nominate a Cancer Research UK volunteer for a Flame of Hope Award!

Staff and volunteers can also submit a joint nomination together for an individual, volunteer team or group, so do discuss this with your local team if appropriate. 

Unfortunately, our Flame of Hope awards are not open to members of the public and nominations can only be submitted by current Cancer Research UK volunteers or members of staff. If you are a member of the public and would like to recognise a Cancer Research UK volunteer, please email volunteerrecognition@cancer.org.uk who can put you in touch with the volunteer's staff contact/volunteer manager to discuss other recognition opportunities.

What are the award categories?

The criteria for all award categories can be viewed in our Nomination Toolkit.


For individual volunteers, you can nominate them for:  


Honorary Fellowship 

This award is for someone who has volunteered for Cancer Research UK for 15 years or more. 


Rising Star of the Year 

This award is for a volunteer or group of volunteers who have recently (in the last 2 years) committed to supporting Cancer Research UK and are already demonstrating evidence of growth and impact. 


Shop Volunteer of the Year  

This award is for an outstanding volunteer who has shown dedication to their shop, shop manager and fellow volunteers. 


Uniting Communities Award 

This award is for a volunteer who has supported the charity in more than one capacity (e.g., volunteers in a shop and at Race for Life). 


Young Volunteer of the Year 

This award is for a volunteer aged 24 years and younger 


For a group of volunteers, you can nominate them for: 

Shop Volunteer Team of the Year 

This award is for a group of volunteers who have been a dedicated team. 

What happens once I submit my nomination?

  • After the nomination deadline on Monday 10 July, all entries will be shortlisted by a group of Cancer Research UK staff and previous volunteer award winners. 

  • All shortlisted nominations will then be taken to an awards panel meeting, where the winners and special commendations will be chosen. 

  • Area and Shop Managers will be told the outcomes in October. 

  • Award winners will be informed in December and will be invited to attend a small regional event in March 2024. 

  • In addition, everyone who is nominated for a Flame of Hope award will receive a letter and certificate from the Chair in the New Year.

Things to remember

  • You don’t have to be a Volunteer Manager to submit a nomination – if you're a Cancer Research UK volunteer of member of staff and know a volunteer deserving of recognition you can submit a nomination - but please make their Volunteer Manager aware (if unsure who this is please email flameofhope@cancer.org.uk).

  • There’s no limit to the number of entries – so if you’re struggling to pick just one deserving volunteer then why not consider submitting multiple, individual entries or consider the Shop Volunteer Team of the Year award? 

  •  The shortlisters and judges don't know your volunteer and all nominations are anonymised at shortlisting stage – so please include as much detail as possible about why they’re so amazing to help them stand out from the crowd! 

  • Please double check all names and addresses provided on nominations are accurate as these will be used later on for letters and certificates.