2018 Annual report and accounts

Last year, with the money you helped us raise, we supported an estimated 1.9 million people to live life as fully as they can.

A year to remember

In 2018, we made a difference to the lives of 1.9 million people – giving them in-depth, personal support. That’s 300,000 more people than in the previous year.

Thank you to our volunteers, supporters, partners, professionals and employees for all that you have done to give people with cancer the support they need, and for the difference we will make together in the coming year.

To find out more, download our 2018 Annual report and accounts.

Short on time? You can download our Annual report overview.

How we helped

In 2018, we estimate that 1.9 million people received personal, in-depth support from one or more of our Macmillan professionals or services.

How we helped people in 2018
How we helped people in 2018

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Cancer information and support services - 300,130

Support Line Services - 102,205

Macmillan nurses - 880,258

Macmillan allied health professionals - 228,921

Benefits advice schemes - 140,982

Mobile Information and Support Services - 261,956



How we raised our money

Our superb supporters raised £230.8 million in 2018.

How we raised our money in 2018
How we raised our money in 2018

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Donation income - £133.0 million

Local fundraising committees £4.0 million

Fundraising events £56.1 million

Corporate income £19.5 million

Philanthropy £5.2 million

General donations £12.1 million

Direct marketing £33.2 million

Donated services and facilities 2.9 million

Legacy income - £80.0 million

This is from people leaving a gift to us in their will.

Grant income - £0.2 million

This income comes from specific grants given to support Macmillan initiatives.

Income from trading activities - £17.6 million

This includes income from our raffles and lotteries, fundraising committee sales and our online shop, licensing and other commercial activities.

Total fundraised income - £230.8 million

Investment income - £4.9 million

Total income £235.7 - million


How we spent our money

We spent a record £195 million on services for people living with cancer, £3 million more than the year before.

How we spent our money in 2018
How we spent our money in 2018

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Healthcare - £75.9 million

We fund and support a range of health and social care professionals. You can find out more about how we fund Macmillan health and social care professionals.

Information and support - £33.3 million

We provide people with information to help them make important decisions about their treatment and care.

Financial support - £37.6 million

We provide financial support to help people who are struggling with the cost of cancer, including through Macmillan grants, benefits advice and financial guidance.

Practical and emotional support - £13.0 million

We help people find the emotional support they need and get help with the practical issues arising from cancer.

Learning and development - £5.2 million

This includes providing training opportunities for professionals, volunteers and people affected by cancer.

Campaigning and raising awareness - £30.0 million

We campaign for changes to improve the lives of people living with cancer and raise awareness of issues most important to them.

Expenditure on charitable activities - £195.0 million

Expenditure on raising funds - £65.7 million

Total expenditure - £260.7 million

Download 2018 institutional grants by value [PDF]