Gary on giving back

Gary stares out of his window in the kitchen
Gary stares out of his window in the kitchen

Gary was supported by Macmillan through both leukaemia and kidney cancer.

He’s found lots of ways to give back, from sharing his experiences to lobbying government.

Gary's story

I review Macmillan’s information booklets, writing a synopsis about how useful I think they’ll be for people. It’s a way I feel I can give something back.

Last year, I attended the Cancer Voices conference in Gatwick. It was a fantastic opportunity to talk to people in similar circumstance and to find out about other aspects of Macmillan’s work and their vision for the future.

I’ve been involved with lobbying the Northern Ireland Assembly to make sure people affected by cancer are heard. It’s one way I feel I can give something back to Macmillan for all the help they’ve given me.

Cancer Voices are people affected by cancer who give something back to Macmillan by sharing their experiences. Being involved with Macmillan’s Cancer Voices has helped me cope with my own diagnosis.

Because of my background in the civil service, I decided I’d like to be involved with lobbying the Northern Ireland Assembly on the welfare reform bill.

Watch: all about Gary's experiences

Watch: all about Gary's experiences