Our impact

There are lots of cancer charities. But there's only one Macmillan. No one cares as passionately as us. We'll do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.

The difference we make

We Fund Healthcare Professionals

We provide healthcare services

We provide cancer information and support

We believe everyone living with cancer should have access to the information and support they need to understand their cancer and make important decisions about their care.

About our cancer information

We support people with money worries

People living with cancer have enough to worry about, and we don't want them to have to worry about money on top of everything else. Last year, we identified £278 million in financial gains for people living with cancer.

We achieved this through our expert financial support services identifying state benefits that people were entitled to and through our Macmillan Grants scheme, which awarded over £9.1 million to people facing hardship as a result of their cancer diagnosis.

"I lost my job because of ill health. Macmillan helped me get my finances in order. They put me through to help me fill in forms and helped me with heating bills." - Mo, diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.

We provide social, emotional and practical support services

We work in local communities to reach as many people living with cancer as we can. This year, our Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisers helped 21,000 people feel like themselves again.

Working with our amazing volunteers, we also launched Macmillan Telephone Buddies – a free service that matches people with a volunteer who understands what they are going through. Today, more than 2,450 people living with cancer have been supported by a Telephone Buddy with a weekly call.

"When you get diagnosed with cancer, you need to have a big support team behind you. There’s no doubt the Telephone Buddy I have in Cheryl is a big support." - Keith, diagnosed with liver cancer in 2019

We Campaign for Betterness

Working with other charities, we influenced the government to increase Universal Credit to an additional £20 a week. When the pandemic hit, we also stopped cancer becoming The Forgotten 'C'. Our campaign made sure that treatment, tests and vital cancer services weren’t forgotten about.

As well as reaching nearly 80% of UK politicians, our campaign helped to establish a Cancer Recovery Taskforce in England, which allocated £1 billion in additional government funding to the NHS to reduce the overall treatment and care backlog for people living with cancer.

In the words of our founder Douglas Macmillan, "In one word, we stand for betterness."

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