19 January 2011
This year is Macmillan's centenary year. You can find out about celebratory events held by our committes, companies and supporters here, or let us know if you would like to run your own event for Macmillan.
Celebrating 100 years of support
In 1911, a young man named Douglas Macmillan watched his father die of cancer. His father’s pain and suffering moved Douglas so much, he founded the ‘Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer.’
Douglas wanted advice and information to be provided to all people living with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes. Today, although the name may have changed, much of Douglas’ legacy lives on. Macmillan Cancer Support is still a source of support for people living with cancer, and is still a force for improving cancer care.
As the charity enters its 100th year in 2011, local fundraising manager Clare Nester is calling upon the people of Shropshire to help celebrate this fantastic milestone. 'Macmillan’s centenary is more than just a birthday; it’s a chance for our supporters to go the extra mile, make fundraisers bigger and better, get more people involved, spread the word about Macmillan’s vital work and – of course – raise lots of cash for people affected by cancer.'
‘Whether you hold a special themed event, give your regular fundraiser a centenary twist, or simply tell everyone you know it’s our anniversary, we’d love you to play your part. Our anniversary is a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness for our great charity.’
If you’re planning to hold a weird or wonderful fundraiser to mark Macmillan Cancer Support’s 100th anniversary, you can share your centenary ideas, request your special centenary pack, and find out about other events in your area by contacting your local fundraising office on 01743 452080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past 100 years, Macmillan Cancer Support has achieved many great things for people affected by cancer, but with a growing number of people living with and beyond cancer, it is more important than ever to continue to build on the vital work Douglas Macmillan started 100 years ago. All the money raised will go towards helping Macmillan to achieve its ambition to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer.