Since Douglas Macmillan founded our charity in 1911, we have grown to be the UK’s leading source of cancer support, helping more and more people living with cancer, all with your help.
In 1911, a young man named Douglas Macmillan watched his father die of cancer. His father's pain and suffering moved Douglas so much, he founded the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer.
Douglas wanted advice and information to be provided to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes.
Today much of Douglas's legacy lives on. We’ve continually adapted the support we offer to ensure it’s right for people today, and will be right in the future too. Our determination to continually improve the experience of cancer is something that will never waver.
You don’t need to face cancer alone. Find out more about our free support line, Macmillan nurses, information services and support groups near you.
Life with cancer is still life. We'll help you live it. Find out about our new advertising campaign Life With Cancer.
You don't have to climb mountains to give something back. People affected by cancer may need help with simple day to day tasks like shopping or cleaning. Browse our volunteering opportunities to see if you could help.
We want to make sure we're there when you're diagnosed, through treatment, and beyond. Because life with cancer is still life, and we'll help you live it.
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