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Find out why Gemma, Steven and Clare love working as door to door fundraisers for Macmillan

Armed with a big smile and a green t-shirt, our fundraisers are out knocking on doors across the UK whatever the weather. They're a dedicated bunch and they raise a massive amount of money to support people affected by cancer.

Read about some of their greatest moments working for Macmillan.

Gemma

Sheffield

What's your greatest Macmillan moment?

I knocked on the door of an elderly couple, and it turned out both of them were living with cancer. Neither had heard of Macmillan, and confessed they had been really struggling.

I made sure they knew about all the amazing services and support Macmillan provide and let them know they weren’t alone.

As I was leaving the wife gave me a photo of her and her husband. She said ‘You should be proud of yourself. I want you to have this – whenever it's cold or raining or anyone is horrible to you for knocking on their door, look at this picture and remember how much you’ve helped us and inspired us that there is hope.’

It was an incredible thing for her to do, and I have carried that picture in my folder every day since. It reminds me that what I do makes a difference.

What's your top tip for working on the Macmillan doorstep campaign?

Find the connection. The more people see how excited you are about Macmillan, the more potential supporters you get. This keeps you positive on the doors.

What is your favourite snack when knocking the doors?

Smiley face sweets, they make me smile when I eat them.

Steven

Aberdeen

What's your greatest Macmillan moment?

I was working in Macduff and knocked on the door of a lovely woman. She had lost her husband two years to the day earlier from cancer, and Macmillan had helped them. It would also have been their 50th wedding anniversary that day.

We chatted for a bit - I didn’t pursue signing her up for a donation. As I was getting ready to leave, she said ‘Steven, are you not forgetting something? I haven’t filled in your form. You have turned up today, my angel in green.’

What is your top tip for working on the Macmillan doorstep campaign?

Just to care. It’s a pleasure to spread the word about Macmillan. Every penny I raise feels like it changes lives.

What is your favourite snack when going door to door?

Tuna Baguette

Clare

Newcastle

What's your greatest Macmillan moment?

I spoke to a man with cancer who'd had to leave work. His wife had to care for him so couldn't work either, and this put a massive financial strain on the family. They had three young children and Christmas was close by, but they couldn't afford presents or decorations.

Macmillan gave them a grant to help pay their bills, and because of this the family had a wonderful Christmas. The man said the support was amazing, and it made me very proud to represent Macmillan.

What's your top tip for working on the Macmillan doorstep campaign?

Be yourself, listen to the people you speak to and always be positive.

What's your favourite snack when knocking on doors?

Maltesers