Patients with cancer can receive assistance and hope from Macmillan Cancer Support, which was nominated for Barclays Let's Do It Community Awards.
The charity was founded in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan who decided to help patients and their families after his father was killed by the disease.
Today, it has at least 20,000 volunters operating across the UK, and recently won an award from the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).
Marion Tenanty, of Durrant Court, nominated Macmillan Cancer Support for the Let's Do It Community Awards, describing the group as a "very good team".
Mrs Tenanty said that when her husband was in hospital with a brain tumor,Macmillan provided him with food, pillows, a night nurse, and came in twice a day to check up on him. She said: "I can't praise them enough.
"When my husbamd died I didn't ask for flowers, I asked everyone to give donations to the Macmillan fund. They couldn't do enough for him."
Priti Shah, from North Harrow, was diagnosed with leukaemia in July 2003 and was transferred to Northwick Park Hospital.
After four months she was able to go home thanks to a Macmillan Cancer Support nurse, who visited her twice a week.
When Mrs Shah went back to Northwick Park for check-ups, she was directed to the Macmillan ward,where nurses and volunteers gave her "individual attention".
She said: "They've put in a lot on a personal level. They are the extra support that patients need."
Moira Cane,who volunteers with the charity selecting other volunteers, said working with Macmillan gives her a very good feeling.
She said: "It's very inclusive. People know what they are working for and they believe in the aims and objectives. It runs very well and it's a great place to be."