Macmillan in Scotland
Macmillan in Scotland offers practical, emotional and financial help to people affected by cancer. We provide trained medical professionals to the NHS and have cancer centres throughout the country where people receive expert care in a specially-designed environment.
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This year we launched a range of community based physical activity programmes in Glasgow, specifically targeted at helping cancer patients recover. From walking groups to exercise classes, there is something for everyone. Find out more at Glasgow Life
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- More than £8 million in disability benefits is going unclaimed by people diagnosed with terminal cancer in Scotland. Macmillan's Unclaimed Millions report shows the situation has improved since 2004, when £15 million was going unclaimed. Since then, Macmillan has established a network of financial advice services across Scotland that help people affected by cancer identify the benefits they are entitled to.
- Scottish cancer patients are struggling to meet basic living costs because of huge delays in processing vital disability benefits.
- A Scottish businessman with incurable cancer has raised £103,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support – and has written a book to raise even more cash.
- Volunteers for Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries project have won the Macmillan Cancer Support award for their efforts in supporting cancer patients, their relatives, carers and friends.
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About cancer in Scotland
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Every day 72 people in Scotland hear the devastating news that they have cancer, however more people than ever are surviving and facing life after cancer.
The current system of care was designed when most people were either cured of cancer or died from it. Now almost 200,000 people in Scotland are living with a cancer diagnosis, and this figure is expected to almost double by 2030.
Macmillan is working closely with the Scottish Government to reshape cancer care so patients get the support they need during and after treatment, whether it’s medical, emotional or financial.
We are investing £5m into the partnership and we aim to ensure that if you are affected by cancer you are able to manage your own condition when appropriate, and can access the right support as soon as you need it.
What we're doing in Scotland
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These are just a few of the things we're working on in Scotland:
We have developed a network of information and support services in libraries across Glasgow. Anyone affected by cancer can drop in just to talk or to get cancer information. Find your nearest service.
So far our benefits advice services have helped people affected by cancer claim over £180m in government money. Money that many wouldn’t have claimed if they had to navigate the benefits system alone. Find support near you.
We are working with the Scottish Government to redesign the cancer care system. We want people affected by cancer to have the tools they need to manage their own health and be able to access support when they need it.
Macmillan campaigns on welfare reform
In Scotland, we've been working to try to make sure that the changes in the welfare system do not adversely affect cancer patients. This has included lobbying the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government Ministers and this will be on-going through 2014 and 2015 as the changes take place.
If you need financial advice, we have Macmillan benefit advisers at all five cancer centres in Scotland, or you can call our helpline on 0808 808 00 00 .
You can support Macmillan's work and help make a difference to the lives of people living with cancer in Scotland by joining our e-campaign network.
Become an e-campaigner.
How you can get involved
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1. Organise a collection or event
You could use your hobby, or get together with friends to raise money for Macmillan's work in Scotland. Why not set yourself a challenge and get sponsorship? If you're looking for a way to get started, then take a look at these fundraising ideas.
We can get you organised by helping you design your posters, flyers, sponsorship forms and much more. You'll find a whole host of fundraising resources on be.macmillan.
Get in touch and we'll get you started - you can also call our fundraising team for advice or support on 0300 1000 200 , or contact them through through our online form.
2. Join a Macmillan event
Whether it's taking part in one of our challenge events, such as the The Great Wall of China Hiking Challenge or the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, there is a Macmillan event for you.
See all of our events.
3. Share your skills
Our organisation was started by a volunteer nearly one hundred years ago, and today they’re still at the very heart of everything we do. Join us and together we can make a difference.
Find the latest volunteering opportunities near to you on our volunteer pages.
4. Become an e-campaigner
You can support Macmillan's work and help make a difference to the lives of people living with cancer in Scotland by joining our e-campaigner network. It's ideal if you want to help but don't have much time or money to give.
By being part of the network you will have the opportunity to take action and make a real difference. We will email you from time to time with ways in which you can support our campaigns. We will also send you our e-campaigner newsletter every two months.
Become an e-campaigner.
Help us to make a difference in Scotland
£25 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping people affected by cancer receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
£196 could pay for a Macmillan grant that helps a person living with cancer heat their home when they really need to.
£8,000 could pay for 17,547 copies of The cancer guide. This Macmillan booklet can play a vital role in helping people feel more prepared for the future and confident they won't have to face cancer alone.
Ways to donate
There are several ways you donate towards our work:
It's the quickest, easiest and most secure way.
Contact the Fundraising Support Team on 0300 1000 200 to find out how. They’ll be able to send you a paying in slip to use at any branch of NatWest, RBS or Ulster Bank. Alternatively, they can provide you with a reference number and details to use for a bank transfer or BACS payment.
To send us a cheque make it payable to 'Macmillan Cancer Support' and send it to:
Macmillan Cancer Support
PO Box 24040
You can also donate:
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Fundraising Support Team
Planning on doing something for us? Need some fundraising support?
Call 0300 1000 200
(Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)
Note 0300 numbers are charged at the same rate as 01 and 02 numbers, including calling from mobiles.
Macmillan Cancer Support Line
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face but you don't have to go through it alone.
We have a team of experts who can answer any questions you have, offer support, or simply listen if you need a chat.
Call 0808 808 00 00
(Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm)
Note Calls to the Macmillan Support Line are free.