Text Santa - what you’re making possible at Macmillan

Thank you so much for taking part in a record-breaking Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day. By simply doing your bit in a Christmas knit you and thousands of others across the country raised money that will change lives for the better this year.

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At Macmillan, we are using our share of the money to help fund of Macmillan professionals, who help people with cancer through the toughest time of their lives. There are over 6,000 Macmillan nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, benefits advisors, social workers and many more, who provide vital support. And, thanks to your support, this year we can fund some of these incredible people.

The money raised from the Text Santa appeal could fund over 100,000 hours of care from Macmillan nurses who could support over 8,000 more families, helping to ensure they don’t have to face cancer alone.

As cancer becomes more common, we need to fund more nurses and other professionals to ensure everyone with cancer gets the support they need.

Olivia's story

Someone who knows how vital our nurses can be is 19-year old Olivia Cooke. She was diagnosed with bone cancer in her right leg at a very young age, and struggled with isolation and depression after her treatment.

Her Macmillan nurse was a vital source of support for the whole family, helping them through when Olivia’s leg was amputated. Olivia is now focusing on her future – as a competitive swimmer. As part of the Text Santa appeal, the Jeremy Kyle show are kindly arranging a swimming session with paralympian Ellie Simmonds.

Watch: Olivia talking about life after her bone cancer diagnosis.

'You feel alone a lot of the time. It feels like the world is going on without you.'

Watch: Olivia talking about life after her bone cancer diagnosis.

'You feel alone a lot of the time. It feels like the world is going on without you.'

Carry on helping people through cancer

Could you help us provide even more people with vital support, by raising money for Macmillan? We would love you to join thousands of people around the country who bake, shave their heads and even give up drinking to change the lives of the 2.5 million people living with cancer. Just click on the link below to give us your email address and we’ll be in touch very soon with details on how you can help.

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