Whywe do it

Our ambition

We understand how cancer can affect people’s whole lives – health, money, family, job; everything. And, after more than 100 years of caring, we understand that the most important thing is to treat people as individuals, not patients.

So we take the time to understand the support people need to live their lives as fully as they can. From the moment of diagnosis and whenever we’re most needed, we’re here to help people find their best way through. Our help is totally focused on each individual person, so everyone receives the support that’s best for them.

We’re here for you too. For information, support or just someone to talk to, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

Claire's story

Telling the children about my cancer was hard.

The Macmillan website and things like my ‘Macmillan Organiser’ helped me understand what was going to happen during treatment and what I could expect next. And the forums were invaluable - finding others who were going through the same thing was a relief.

Claire sitting down with her laptop and two children
Claire in the kitchen baking a cake with her son
My work hosted a Coffee Morning!

Once I was back in the office, it made me feel good to see my co-workers fundraise for a great charity who helped me through it.

I am planning to do a Coffee Morning. It would be a good opportunity to bake, and to catch up and thank everyone who helped out with me and the children – but also to help give back to Macmillan.

Host your own Coffee Morning

Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa, enjoy some gorgeous treats and help Macmillan be there for people facing cancer.

Find out how your money could help

Could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Could pay for a Macmillan Grant that enables a person with cancer to purchase a microwave oven. This will make the preparation of food easier when they are experiencing treatment-related tiredness and fatigue.

Could pay for a Macmillan social care worker for a day helping patients, family members, and carers manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.

Could keep a typical Macmillan information and support centre stocked with all the information resources it needs to support people affected by cancer for two weeks. These resources would include booklets, guides, directories and leaflets.

Could help our welfare advisers on our Macmillan Support Line deal with five calls or web enquiries.

Could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a day, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Could help run a small Macmillan information and support centre for a day, helping people affected by cancer to find information and support.

Could pay for a Macmillan Grant that helps a family affected by cancer take a holiday and enjoy precious time together.

Could pay for the hire of a room for a year so a cancer self-help and support group could hold regular meetings to support people affected by cancer in their community.

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The people you help

I felt like Vikki was a friend rather than a nurse. I couldn’t have got through it without her.

When Kate was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she had a million and one questions. Thankfully her Macmillan nurse Vikki was there to answer them.

'Vikki stopped me from spiraling into despair. She caught me before I got there'. And Vikki was still there for Kate throughout her treatment, every step of the way.