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Melinda Whale Memorial Award

In 2019 a true NHS Hero, Anneliese Peach from Leeds, won our first Melinda Whale Award for nursing. Recognising her selfless commitment to those with the debilitating illness over the past four years. We are pleased to announce that this award returns for 2020 and nominations for the Melinda Whale Award will open on the 1st June 2020. This successful award is in memory of our late Trustee and founder’s wife, Melinda Whale. The Melinda Whale Memorial Award is for outstanding care in the course of their work by a nurse working in kidney cancer. 

Speaking of her well-deserved accolade, Anneliese said: “The whole experience has been overwhelming. To be considered for any award was a shock but to be the first to accept this very special award is a real honour.

“Kidney Cancer UK is a fantastic charity, providing invaluable support to patients and their loved ones. My role doesn’t come without its challenges, but I’m inspired daily by my patients and colleagues, and I feel privileged to work in a job that I love. I’m very fortunate to be part of an incredible team and can’t thank them enough for all their guidance and support.”

Melinda Whale Memorial AwardFor the 2020 award, we are asking patients, carers and families to nominate a nurse who you feel deserves to be noticed and appreciated for the work he or she has done. We understand that all nurses do an incredible job under very difficult conditions and provide an outstanding service, but there are those who do something just a little bit special to make the journey just a little easier. All those who are nominated will be recognised with their names being added to our website and mentioned in the awards presentation.

The winner of The Melinda Whale Memorial Award will be selected by a panel of expert judges and announced early September 2020 and receive a bursary of £1,500, which can be used to either further their education or improve the service offered at their unit. The award and bursary will be presented at the charity’s annual Patrons Dinner at The House of Lords, where the winner and their partner will be guests of honour.

James Whale, a kidney cancer survivor of nearly 20 years and founder of the UK’s leading kidney cancer charity Kidney Cancer UK said; “Melinda was dedicated to working with the charity and her final request was that donations should be Melinda Whale and friendsmade in her name rather than flowers from which we have created this award. This Award will recognise those nurses who do such an incredible job every single day caring for patients and their families and she wanted to say thank you for the work they do. So, we are asking patients, and nurses’ colleagues to nominate a nurse who has left an indelible mark on their life and gone that extra mile to make a difference.”

Melinda died of lung cancer on 12th May 2018 at the age of 68. James and Melinda were married for 48 years and Melinda was the driving force behind pushing James to see a doctor which led to his diagnosis of kidney cancer. She supported him in his recovery and then was key in the founding of this kidney cancer charity.

James Whale said: “This award is a fitting tribute both to my wonderful wife, the work she did with the charity and all the amazing nurses who are caring for others in an environment that can often be very stressful. In Melinda’s memory, we salute you all.”

Male And Female Nurse Nurses are the unsung heroes of cancer, they go about their work under the most difficult emotional circumstances with a great air of confidence and support. Theirs is a path that is walked with the care of others foremost in their mind.

To be able to show our support for nurses at all levels everywhere is a great honour and we hope you will bring to our attention the amazing work they do through your nominations. This award is not just about tending to your needs, it is about the nurse that goes that extra distance every time without looking for thanks. Its about a nurse who make you feel like the only patient they are looking after when you know they have so many demanding their attention.


This is how you say thank you; this is how you can say, ‘this nurse is one in a million’.

Terms and Conditions

  • Four finalists will be chosen from the applications.

  • The finalists will be notified by email and telephone once the nominations have closed and agrees to have their name, reason for being nominated and photograph on the Kidney Cancer UK website.

  • The winner will be chosen from the finalists by an independent panel and will be informed by telephone.

  • The winner will be invited to attend the Patrons Dinner with a guest on Friday 2nd October 2020 where they will receive their £1500 bursary and trophy.

  • The award will be made on the condition that the winner accepts it in person at our Patrons Dinner.

  • The award is non-transferable and Kidney Cancer UK reserves the right to use any entries, photographs, media and/or articles of the attendees of this award for promotional purposes. Kidney Cancer UK will contact the intended finalists/winners to obtain their approval to use any entries, photographs, media, and/or articles for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media with or without any further reference, payment, or other compensation to the finalists/winner.

  • Finalists and nominators must agree to be contacted be a representative of Kidney Cancer UK to verify any information submitted and the eligibility of the nominee.

  • The judging panel’s decision is final and made at its sole and complete discretion. No correspondence will be entered into. The judging panel and organisers of the Melinda Whale Award retain full discretion in the awarding of the award.

  • The award is non-transferable and is not redeemable for cash.

Nomination Form – Click image to download form

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Outline for nominating yourself or another

  • Nominations for the Melinda Whale Award will open on the 1st June 2020 and close on the 31st July 2020, any nominations after this date will not be valid.
  • If you are nominating on someone’s behalf, you will need to seek their approval of the application and ask them to sign below (Nominee)
  • If you are nominating yourself you will need to have a supporter, please ask them to complete the section: Nomination supported by.