About the Boots and Macmillan partnership
We’re working with Boots UK to improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer. 2013 is an exciting year for the partnership, with Boots introducing training for its No7 advisors to help deliver more ways for people affected by cancer to get information and support on the high street, in local communities and online.
Boots colleagues and customers have already raised an incredible £6 million for Macmillan over three years and colleagues have also got involved in a variety of volunteering activities.
Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors
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With training from No7 and Macmillan specialists, Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors are now available in some Boots stores.
The Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors can provide handy tips on how to manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment – from defining sparse eyebrows and eyelashes to minimising under eye circles. Plus, their training has provided them with a good understanding of the emotional and practical needs of people living with cancer, allowing them to direct you to further support that’s available in your area.
To find your nearest Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor, head to boots.com/storelocator and use the ‘additional store service’ menu.
Supporting people to become more active
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Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support know that when you’re living with or after cancer, physical activity can make a positive impact on your life. Any amount of physical activity is better than none at all, a short stroll can make all the difference, and Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists can now offer information and access to support on how you can get active and feel good
Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists have had additional training to help them talk to customers about the benefits of physical activity and cancer. They can also signpost customers to additional resources to help them become more active.
A new ‘Get Active, Feel Good DVD’ and support pack, developed by Macmillan Cancer Support, is now available from the pharmacy team in Boots UK stores free of charge. The DVD offers a low level exercise to music programme designed specifically for people living with or after cancer, and stories from people describing how becoming active has helped them.
You can also order the DVD from Be.macmillan.
Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists are available in many Boots stores and can help talk through with you how to get more information and support for the concerns you may have. They can also help connect you to cancer information services and experts in your local community and signpost you to wider Macmillan services.
Customers can also pick up information leaflets including Questions about cancer? available free in all stores. It tells customers all about Macmillan's national support services and how they can access practical, medical, financial and emotional support.
We have introduced training for No7 advisors on how they can support women experiencing the visible side-effects of cancer.
All this work will take Macmillan a step closer to its vision of ensuring everyone, wherever they are in the UK, will have access to the best cancer information and support in their community.
Through the partnership we’ve raised a whopping £6 million since April 2010…and counting!
Boots colleagues up and down the country have been getting involved in a wide variety of inspiring fundraising activities.
Boots continues its support of our national sponsored walking event, Miles for Macmillan, encouraging its customers and colleagues to get active and take part. Many of the walks include a variety of routes so that no matter what people’s fitness level or ability they can set themselves a challenge that suits them.
Customers can also support Macmillan by popping into local Boots stores across the country and buying items on the countertop, like pin badges and key rings. For a small suggested donation you'll be helping to support people affected by cancer. You can also donate your spare change at one of our collection tins at till points in store.
We are inspiring Boots colleagues to be active ambassadors for the partnership by involving them in all kinds of volunteering activities in their local communities.
So far we've had over 1,000 volunteers from Boots volunteer their time. They’ve been involved in a variety of activities. From running a practical support service; taking part in paint and fix challenges; organising pamper evenings; No7 make up events for people affected by cancer; event support; e-campaigners; to becoming Cancer Voices.