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We’re working with Boots UK to improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer. 2012 is an exciting year for the partnership, with Boots introducing training for its pharmacists, healthcare colleagues and 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 £4.4 million for Macmillan over two years and colleagues have also got involved in a variety of volunteering activities.
Through the partnership and as part of a new Boots condition led pharmacy approach, from 19 September 2012 there is now a significant increase in cancer information and support from Macmillan and Boots in store. As well as this, a new role, the Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist|, is being introduced in many stores to help provide a new familiar, trusted port of call for information about cancer support services.
With Boots' health care expertise and extensive local community presence, we are working together to provide cancer information and support on the high street in local communities and online.
A package of Macmillan e-learning is available to Boots pharmacists. As part of their training, the pharmacists are encouraged to make links with local cancer information services to help signpost people affected by cancer to local support.
Customers can already pick up the information leaflet 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.
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 £4.4 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.
This September also saw the amazing launch of our flagship walking event, Macmillan’s Big Walk, in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. Over 1,500 supporters, including lots of Boots colleagues joined the walk to show their support for people affected by cancer. Boots also gave fantastic support in helping us plan the event.
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 500 volunteers from Boots, giving over 1,000 hours of 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.
We have introduced training for No7 advisors| on how they can support women experiencing the visible side-effects of cancer.
For more information about the Boots partnership:
Call 020 7840 4901
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© Macmillan Cancer Support 2013
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