Help us be there for people with cancer right now

Coronavirus means people living with cancer need our help more than ever. We can't let them down.

An estimated quarter of a million people with cancer in the UK fall into the clinically vulnerable category for coronavirus. At a time of increased need for emotional support, services like Macmillan's Support Line and online services are crucial.

Around 750 people are calling with a question about coronavirus every week. People living with cancer are worried about their treatment being changed, postponed, or even cancelled.

They're concerned about how vulnerable they are, about whether they should still be going to appointments, and they're upset and scared, fretful about their future and even lonelier as a result of having to self-isolate.

They're worried about money, work, childcare: all of the things that are made tough by a cancer diagnosis but are now tougher than ever.

From introducing new support services, delivered over the phone or online, to our nurses being redeployed to the areas of greatest need within the NHS, we're doing all we can to meet the growing demand on our services.

But we can't do it alone. That's why we've launched an emergency appeal. We need your urgent support to make sure we can be there for people living with cancer right now.

Your support has never mattered more. Please give what you can.

Donate to our emergency appeal

Our response to coronavirus: new services for people living with cancer

We’re responding to the coronavirus pandemic by introducing vital new services. Here are some of the things your support could help fund.

Macmillan Telephone Buddies

For people living with cancer who need to stay at home, it can be lonely. Telephone Buddies is our new telephone befriending service for people with cancer. We match people living with cancer with trained volunteers, who will give them a weekly call for up to 12 weeks. They provide a friendly voice and a listening ear to improve people’s emotional well-being and help reduce feelings of isolation. This service provides essential emotional support to people living with cancer.

Coronavirus information

Understandably, people have lots of questions about coronavirus and cancer. We have produced a dedicated section on the Macmillan website to provide timely and trustworthy information about things like treatment, shielding, financial help and taking care of yourself at home, as well as advice for people living with someone who has cancer. We’re updating it regularly to make sure people have the latest guidance as the situation changes.

£5 million Coronavirus Response Fund

As well as these vital new services, we have announced a £5m Coronavirus Response Fund to support the NHS during the current health emergency. The Coronavirus Response Fund will provide funding, to support the delivery of essential cancer care, as we navigate the complexities of this pandemic. The deployment of this fund will ensure vital services continue to reach people living with cancer, at a time when the coronavirus continues to disrupt the care and treatment of so many.

“Our professionals are playing a critical role right now in helping to deal with this unprecedented crisis. We have a long and proud history of working shoulder to shoulder with the NHS which is why we are investing funds to help alleviate some of the strain on NHS services.”
Lynda Thomas, CEO at Macmillan Cancer Support 

We’re committed to doing whatever we can to support people living with cancer who face new challenges and even more uncertainty throughout the coronavirus crisis. By supporting our appeal, you’re helping people living with cancer when they need it most. 

Donate to our emergency appeal

How we can help

Macmillan Cancer Support Line
The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. If you need to talk, we'll listen.
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