10 April 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to Aldeburgh & District Fundraising Committee closing in protest at Macmillan using door to door fundraisers in their area.
Lynda Thomas, Director of Fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“We are very grateful to the Aldeburgh & District Fundraising Committee for their incredible fundraising efforts over the years and we are very sorry that the committee is upset by our door to door fundraising in the Aldeburgh area. Macmillan relies on voluntary donations for 96% of our income so the work of our committees remains absolutely vital to ensure we achieve our ambition of reaching and supporting more people affected by cancer, every step of the way.
“However, with that figure growing and more than one in three of us being affected by cancer, Macmillan is continually seeking out innovative fundraising methods to help us to increase our fundraising income, whilst complementing the work of our fantastic and dedicated fundraising committees.
“In East Anglia alone, our door to door fundraising campaign is proving to be a tremendous source of vital funds, raising £250,000 in the last twelve months, from new supporters who want to help support people affected by cancer, but whom we might not have reached via our existing traditional avenues.
“As members of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), we are committed to extremely high standards of fundraising and regulation and take great care in the recruitment and ongoing training of all Macmillan door to door fundraisers. Our fundraisers are trained to take extra care to avoid creating anxiety among older people, are always smartly dressed wearing either a Macmillan branded green t-shirt or jacket with the Macmillan logo clearly displayed, and they wear ID badges showing our registered charity number, a fundraiser ID number and a photo of themselves.
“It goes without saying that we take any complaints extremely seriously and all complaints (although they are very few) are thoroughly followed up with the individuals concerned.”
For further information, please contact:
Susie Richardson – PR Manager
Tel 020 7840 7809 or mobile 07740 927173
About Macmillan Cancer Support:
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help. www.macmillan.org.uk