An amazing Bristol man who has raised more than £250,000 over the years by running more than 120 half and full marathons – has been recognised with a national honour

Clive Daniels, of Yate, has been given a British Citizen Award for his services to volunteering and charitable giving.

The British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in January 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

Clive, aged 71, started fundraising in 1984 and has been raising money solely for Macmillan Cancer Support for the past 21 years, after losing several close relatives to cancer and witnessing first-hand the work of Macmillan nurses.

In that time he has raised £230,000 for the cancer charity by running in eight London Marathons and 14 Bristol half marathons. Since taking up running in 1985, in total he has competed in a total of 23 marathons and an impressive 100 half marathons.

He decided in 2016, at the age of 70, that the Bristol half marathon – an event he had participated in for the past 14 years – would be his last race. Clive went out with a bang, managing to pull in a staggering £24,000 in support of his last big fundraiser.

Clive is well-known in his local community and has built up quite a following over the years – he has around 1,400 regular supporters, including the support from his wife and two children!  Clive spends around six months visiting these people personally and collecting their donations face to face – his commitment and dedication to Macmillan driving him to take on this mammoth task. 

Clive goes above and beyond others, by choosing to make his fundraising personal – he could use online methods of fundraising, but prefers to build relationships with those that support him and takes time visiting them all to ensure he can thank each and every one of them.

When he is not fundraising, Clive selflessly spends his time gardening for others.

Clive, is one of 30 medallists who were honoured at a prestigious ceremony on July 6, at the Palace of Westminster. All BCA recipients have positively impacted society, undertaking various activities in support of a number of causes. Each received a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medallists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.

Speaking about his nomination, Clive said: “I witnessed the work of the cancer nurses first hand when an uncle of mine died of lung cancer, so raising money for cancer charities seemed like the natural choice.

“I was really surprised when I found out about the award, as I’ve never really thought about what I’ve been doing in those sort of terms, I’ve just been ploughing away. I feel that I will be picking up the award on behalf of the thousands of people who have supported me and donated over the years – it’s really for them.”

The awards are in partnership with customer experience management company, InMoment, and are supported by the world’s largest optical retailer, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; the UK and Europe’s leading palletised freight distribution company, Pall-Ex, owned by BCAs Patron Hilary Devey; and specialist marketing, PR and communications agency, Lime Marketing.

Ian Christian, a Partner from national law firm Irwin Mitchell who presented Clive with his award, said: “The story of Clive’s amazing fundraising efforts is truly inspirational and his efforts down the years will have undoubtedly changed a huge number of lives.

“The British Citizen Awards is all about shining a spotlight on incredible individuals who otherwise may not get the attention they deserve. Clive’s selfless and caring attitude is phenomenal and it is only right that he is recognised.”

Clive was nominated for a BCA by Ceris Bradley, of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Entries for the next round of awards, which will take place in January 2018, are now open. To nominate someone, or call 0203 002 7764

Featured image: TV presenter Michael Underwood, Clive Daniels and Ian Christian, a Partner from national law firm Irwin Mitchell