29 July 2015
• This year signals an incredible £15 million raised for Macmillan by The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) over the past 30 years
• The NGS is Macmillan’s longest standing corporate partner and largest single donor
• To date, the money raised has funded over 150 Macmillan services for people affected by cancer in the UK
• The NGS gave £2.6 million in 2015 to the charities it supports by opening more than 3,800 private gardens in England and Wales
The NGS has raised a staggering £15 million for Macmillan Cancer Support over their 30 year long partnership. The announcement was made at the Tatton Park Flower Show (Sunday 26 July 2015). The NGS is Macmillan’s longest standing corporate partner and largest single donor.
To date, the money raised by NGS garden owners, who open their gardens for nursing and caring charities including Macmillan, has funded over 150 Macmillan services to help make sure that no one faces cancer alone. These vital services include clinical nursing specialists, financial advisors, dieticians, physiotherapists and counsellors for people affected by cancer.
Over the past 30 years, gardening has shown increasing benefits for people living with cancer. Macmillan and The NGS have worked to promote Macmillan’s ‘Move More’ physical activity campaign, highlighting how gentle exercise such as gardening can help reduce both the side effects of cancer treatment, and the risk of a cancer recurrence. The NGS has also supported this campaign by helping to create an information DVD and leaflet about gardening and cancer, and providing free seeds for schools.
In 2014, the partnership took new direction to support an estimated 12,000 people affected by cancer in the Bristol area each year. To do this, the NGS donated £500,000 towards the creation of the first NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre in Southmead Hospital, Bristol. The centre provides services including information about cancer and its treatment, supported physical activity programmes and expert dietary and nutritional advice.
George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme says, 'I am immensely proud that over the past 30 years, the National Gardens Scheme has made a significant difference to the support that Macmillan provides to people affected by cancer. Our garden owners and visitors have raised over £15 million to support Macmillan in its ambition to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.'
He continues, 'Last year signalled a new era in our partnership with the opening of the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre which has helped 1,270 patients thus far. We look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership, and once again thank our wonderful garden owners for their sterling fundraising efforts and support.'
Lynda Thomas, CEO of Macmillan Cancer Support says, 'Our partnership with the NGS is invaluable and it is difficult to articulate our gratitude for their continued support of our vital work for people affected by cancer. This fantastic amount raised is an incredible contribution to the support that Macmillan offers people affected by cancer practically, medically, financially and emotionally. I’d like to extend a personal thank you to each and every NGS garden owner and visitor for helping to reach this quite marvellous milestone – Macmillan simply couldn’t do what we do, without supporters like the NGS.'
Thanks to the NGS, more than 3,800 gardens across England and Wales opened their gates to the public last year. This raised over £2.6 million for Macmillan and the other six charities the organisation supports.
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
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today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00
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About the NGS
• Founded in 1927, The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has donated more than £24 million to charity in the last ten years.
• The NGS gave £2.637 million in 2015 to the nursing and other caring charities from money raised by opening more than 3,800 private gardens in England and Wales.
• Charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Parkinson’s UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and Perennial. In total the NGS has donated over £15 million to Macmillan Cancer Support
• In total the NGS has donated over £6.8 million to Marie Curie
Details of all gardens opening throughout the year for the National Gardens Scheme can be found on the NGS website: www.ngs.org.uk