Monday 10th September 2012
Working with businesses to deliver more for people affected by cancer.
Macmillan works with over 600 partners to raise money, attract new volunteers and increase support for its services.
We would not be able to achieve the level of awareness for what we do, or meet the needs of so many people living with cancer without them.
In 2011, our partnerships raised over £15 million, provided hundreds of hours worth of employee volunteering and promoted Macmillan services to thousands of employees across the UK.
Finding the right fit
Our partnerships come in all shapes and sizes. They range from our local relationships with small businesses to our large national partnerships with organisations like the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Since 1985, NGS has raised over £13 million, funding over 143 Macmillan services.
This year our partners have helped to fund over 30 Macmillan professionals, raised money for the Macmillan Support Line, enabled hundreds of thousands of pounds of worth of grants, and provided sponsorship for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and our centenary gala.
We’re gradually launching a range of collaborative services with some of them to bring even more support to people affected by cancer, so look out for these initiatives in your area.
Expanding our services
It’s now about more than cash – with partners such as Boots UK and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS), we have been able to expand our services.
Our partnership with Boots UK raised £2.5 million in the first year and we’re working together to improve access to cancer information and support on the high street. Since 2008, RBS has helped us double the size of our Welfare Rights Team. Now, with RBS’s support, we are launching a new financial guidance service for people affected by cancer.
Our partners also advise us on our initiatives like the work and cancer programme. We worked with partners to develop a suite of information and a toolkit to help employers and employees manage cancer in the workplace.
You can support Macmillan’s work with corporate partners by, for example, signposting your patients to local services that they may benefit from, or by working with partners through your regional Macmillan office.