Can I get in touch with the nurse I’m sponsoring?
Our nurses are incredibly busy supporting people with cancer and for data protection reasons, we cannot give out their contact details. However, please rest assured that all our nurses understand the importance of your generosity and are incredibly grateful for your support.
What is the true cost of funding a nurse?
It costs around £203 per day, but we ask for £10 a month as this is an affordable amount which will make a real difference to Macmillan.
How are Macmillan nurses funded?
For the first three years of a nurse's post, we fund their salary and some of their training costs. We make sure the organisation that's employing them has agreed to continue funding once the three-year Macmillan grant is completed. At the end of that time the Macmillan nurse doesn't just disappear, they continue to be a member of the NHS or the hospice where they're working and it's the NHS or the hospice that pays their salary.
For the first three years, Macmillan nurses are funded almost entirely through generous donations from our supporters. If you’d like to help us continue to provide their vital services – and increase the number of Macmillan nurses available to people with cancer – you can. Please consider sponsoring a Macmillan nurse and continuing to support us throughout the year.
What does my sponsorship cover?
Your sponsorship will help to pay for the support we provide through our nurses, support line, grants and other vital services. Find further details.
Are these nurses real?
Yes. By sponsoring a nurse you are helping real, qualified nurses who specialise in cancer or palliative care.
What happens if I cannot continue my Macmillan nurse sponsorship?
If your circumstances change and you can no longer continue as a Nurse Sponsor, please call our Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 to let us know. And don't worry, there are other ways to support us. Likewise, you can reinstate your Macmillan nurse sponsorship at any time.
Can everyone have a Macmillan nurse to support them?
Unfortunately, there are not enough Macmillan nurses to support everyone who needs one. This is why we are continually searching for more support, so we can reach more people affected by cancer. People who are currently unable to get support from a Macmillan nurse can still access our vital services through the Macmillan Support Line, local Macmillan Information and Support Centers and our Online Community.