Richard Hambro Volunteer Award for the biggest coffee morning in Cambridgeshire


Macmillan Cancer Support has recognised an outstanding supporter, Diana Petchell, the organiser of the biggest and most successful coffee morning in Cambridgeshire, with its prestigious Richard Hambro Award.

Diana, of The Marshall Motor Group in Cambridge, together with her team, has been holding a coffee morning since 1996, when it raised just under £50. The next year Diana was given a bottle of champagne to raffle and her coffee morning raised £95. This encouraged Diana to start writing letters asking for support, and the event has gone from strength to strength over the years. By her own admittance, she cajoles friends, family and colleagues to bake cakes and biscuits.

As a result of Diana’s hard work and commitment, her event is the most successful coffee morning in Cambridgeshire. In 2007 over 500 people attended, and such was the quantity of cakes and biscuits provided, it took staff two hours to cut the cakes and replenish all the plates, and an amazing £5,220 was raised.

In total Diana has raised nearly £40,000 for Macmillan over the past 12 years in a combination of her coffee mornings and the Macmillan Aircraft Pull, which has made a huge difference to help improve the lives of the 2m people currently living with, and after cancer.

The presentation by Steve Richards, Regional Director for Macmillan, will take place at Marshall Motor Group premises in Cambridge on 15 August. Steve says;  ‘I’m delighted to be presenting Diana with the Richard Hambro Award on behalf of Macmillan. Without people like Diana, we wouldn't be able to fund vital services and develop new ways to support people affected by cancer so her hard work and dedication is very much appreciated.’

Michael Marshall, Chairman and Chief Executive of Marshall of Cambridge Holdings says, "Diana Petchell has worked tirelessly supporting Macmillan for a number of years and has raised a staggering amount of money for the Charity. The Company is enormously proud of all its employees and the important part they play in the many communties in which our businesses are based."

Diana Petchell has worked for Marshall of Cambridge since 1982 and lives in Cherry Hinton. Diana currently works as Divisional Administration Manager for Marshall Motor Group.

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. Each day 750 people are diagnosed with cancer. 1 in 3 of us will get cancer. We are all affected by it, and we can all do something to help.

For cancer information and support contact the Macmillan CancerLine on Mon-Fri (9am-9pm) by freephone 0808 808 2020 / textphone 0808 808 0121 or email or log on to

Registered Charity Number 261017. Isle of Man Charity Number 604.


For further information contact:

Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
The Airport
Newmarket Road
United Kingdom

Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)
07785 316763 (mobile)
Fax: 01223 373472


Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

Marshall Group