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The impact of leaving a gift in your Will

Find out how gifts in wills have a huge impact on the services we offer to people living with cancer.


How we spend gifts left in wills

In 2022, supporters raised a total of £221.2 million for Macmillan. £90.7 million of that was through gifts in wills.

This has helped us:


High impact support

Legacy income stats 2 million reached - In 2022 our services reached 2 million people living with cancer.

£374 million in financial gains were secured for people living with cancer. This included Macmillan Grants and state benefits that people were entitled to.

730,000 supported – Approximately 730,000 people received person-to-person support from one or more of our Macmillan Professionals or services. This included an estimate 113,000 people supported through the Macmillan Support Line, allowing us to be there when people needed us most.

How a gift in your will could fund our vital services

Almost a third of our vital services are funded by gifts in wills. Every gift makes a difference, so even a small percentage of your estate could have a lasting impact on someone living with cancer.
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Could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a year, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

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Could help run the financial guidance element of the Macmillan Support Line for nearly a week, providing a range of financial support to people affected by cancer.

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Could keep a Macmillan information and support centre stocked with all the information resources it needs to support people affected by cancer for one year.

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Could fund a Macmillan Grant to help with the extra costs that living with cancer can bring. They can be used to buy specialist equipment or to meet other unmet needs.

Why Ann is leaving a gift in her will

Reasons to include Macmillan in your will

When we look back over our lives, we think about the things that matter most to us; our family, our friends and our community. By choosing to leave a gift to Macmillan in your will, you'll make a difference to the lives of those that need it most, as well as your loved ones after you've gone.

You may have been affected by cancer yourself, cared for a loved one with cancer or have friends or family that have been affected by a diagnosis. Whatever your connection, you'll know how much it can turn someone's world upside down.

With more and more people living with cancer each year, your gift is needed more than ever. The number of people living with cancer is increasing by 3.2% every year. By 2030, an estimated 4 million people are expected to be living with the disease. As the number of people diagnosed increases, so does the need for our services.

A gift in your will could help ensure that we can continue to be there for this future need. Whether you choose to leave a fixed sum or a percentage of your estate (the value of everything you own), your help will make a huge difference. With your help, we can continue to provide the clinical, financial and emotional support that's so incredibly important for those living with cancer.

A lasting legacy

When William Macmillan died of cancer in 1911, his son Douglas Macmillan wanted to do something to help others affected by cancer. His father had given him £10 just before he died and it was with this money that he set up the charity that would later be known as Macmillan Cancer Support. This single and very special gift was the seed needed to grow Macmillan to a charity that now helps over 6.7 million people affected by cancer each year.

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