Taking The Big Leap in Scotland

We are seeking the support of business leaders, philanthropic individuals and charitable trusts to help us raise £2 million towards three programmes of work – transforming the provision of care and support for people across Scotland.

Scotland faces an unprecedented challenge in cancer care. There will be approximately 343,000 people living with cancer in Scotland by 2030. Not only are more people being diagnosed, but they are also living longer. And the current system wasn’t set up to support them and the long-lasting effects their disease may have.

Our aim is that everyone living with cancer in Scotland should be able to get the physical, financial and emotional support they need to find their best way through.

Three programmes of work

  • The Personalised Cancer Care programme aims to ensure everyone with a new cancer diagnosis in Scotland – over 32,000 people a year – can access the support they need.

    Through the programme, people who are newly diagnosed with cancer have their needs assessed and a personalised care plan is created joining up everyone involved in their care. We are seeking funding to roll this out across the country.
  • We will give Macmillan Grants to people in greatest financial need across Scotland to help them with the additional costs they face as a result of their cancer.

    Awarding almost 5,000 grants a year, these one-off payments help with costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills. They help to reduce anxiety, and allow people to focus on what really matters to them.
  • We will expand the Macmillan Support Line, establishing Glasgow as a major hub to provide support across the UK. From answering clinical questions to providing emotional support, this offers a lifeline to over 100,000 people each year.

    As a first step, we are extending the service to be available 8am-8pm, 365 days a year – ensuring people with cancer and their families can reach us when they most need our support.

Our plan to deliver this work

This map outlines the spread of Macmillan Professionals currently in funding across Scotland. Use the drop-downs underneath the map to find out where and how we plan to direct funding in each area to deliver this vital work.

The intended level of funding for each region is approximate, and is subject to discussion and agreement with partner organisations.

Map of the Scottish regions

Select a region for more information

1. Ayrshire & Arran

Population: 381,200

People living with cancer: 14,200

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 11

Where the funding will go

Macmillan Grants: £480k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £480k over the next three years in Ayrshire & Arran.

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2. Dumfries and Galloway

Population: 154,200

People living with cancer: 6,200

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 7

Where the funding will go

Macmillan Grants: £130k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £130k over the next three years in Dumfries & Galloway.

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3. Fife

Population: 380,500

People living with cancer: 13,000

Macmillan Professionals working in the region: 10

Where the funding will go

Improving the Cancer Journey: £1.1m

We will ensure that everyone in Fife who has been newly diagnosed with cancer will be offered the opportunity to have a conversation with a Macmillan Link Worker to discuss their support needs and create a personalised care plan. They will complete an electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA) to establish any physical, emotional, social or practical problems they may have. A care plan will then be created to meet those needs, with the eHNA accessed by everyone involved in their care – from hospital, to their GP, to social care.

Macmillan Grants: £385k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £385k over the next three years in Fife.

Total: £1.485m

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4. Forth Valley

Population: 313,500

People living with cancer: 10,100

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 6

Where the funding will go

Macmillan Grants: £285k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £285k over the next three years in Forth Valley.

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5. Grampian

Population: 610,4000

People living with cancer: 18,700

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 14

Where the funding will go

Macmillan Grants: £355k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £355k over the next three years in Grampian.

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6. Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Population: 1,182,200

People living with cancer: 38,100

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 56

Where the funding will go

Improving the Cancer Journey (Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire): £4.91m

We will ensure that everyone in Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire who has been newly diagnosed with cancer will be offered the opportunity to have a conversation with a Macmillan Link Worker to discuss their support needs and create a personalised care plan. They will complete an electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA) to establish any physical, emotional, social or practical problems they may have. A care plan will then be created to meet those needs, with the eHNA accessed by everyone involved in their care – from hospital, to their GP, to social care.

Macmillan Grants: £1.695m

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £1.695m over the next three years in Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

Total: £6.605m

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7. Highland

Population: 332,700

People living with cancer: 12,600

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 13

Where the funding will go

Macmillan Grants: £260k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £260k over the next three years in Highland.

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8. Lanarkshire

Population: 671,700

People living with cancer: 21,500

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 11

Where the funding will go

Macmillan Grants: £1.01m

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £1.01m over the next three years in Lanarkshire.

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9. Lothian

Population: 904,000

People living with cancer: 30,000

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 19

Where the funding will go

Improving the Cancer Journey: £2.8m

We will ensure that everyone in Lothian who has been newly diagnosed with cancer will be offered the opportunity to have a conversation with a Macmillan Link Worker to discuss their support needs and create a personalised care plan. They will complete an electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA) to establish any physical, emotional, social or practical problems they may have. A care plan will then be created to meet those needs, with the eHNA accessed by everyone involved in their care – from hospital, to their GP, to social care.

Macmillan Grants: £470k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £470k over the next three years in Lothian.

Total: £3.27m

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10. Orkney, Shetland & Western Isles

Population: 75,200

People living with cancer: 2,600

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 5

Where the funding will go

Macmillan Grants: £105k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £105k over the next three years in Orkney, Shetland & Western Isles.

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11. Scottish Borders

Population: 116,800

People living with cancer: 4,900

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 8

Where the funding will go

Macmillan Grants: £90k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £90k over the next three years in Scottish Borders.

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12. Tayside

Population: 428,500

People living with cancer: 14,600

Macmillan professionals working in the region: 18

Where the funding will go

Improving the Cancer Journey (Dundee only): £1m

We will ensure that everyone in Dundee City who has been newly diagnosed with cancer will be offered the opportunity to have a conversation with a Macmillan Link Worker to discuss their support needs and create a personalised care plan. They will complete an electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA) to establish any physical, emotional, social or practical problems they may have. A care plan will then be created to meet those needs, with the eHNA accessed by everyone involved in their care – from hospital, to their GP, to social care.

Macmillan Grants: £375k

Macmillan Grants are one-off payments for people living with cancer who are in most financial need. They are given to help with additional costs such as travel to hospital or increased heating bills, which come at the very time people can least afford them. Based on historic grant giving, we can expect to give approximately £375k over the next three years in Tayside.

Total: £1.375m

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Make a difference right now

If you are thinking of making a donation and would like any guidance, you can give the Philanthropy team a call on 020 7840 4895 or email us.


  • Please select if you are donating a sum of money that has been raised from a fundraising event or collection that you've held.

£250 would make a huge difference.

Your donation of £250 could help run a large Macmillan benefits advice service for 1 hour, helping people affected by cancer access the benefits, tax credits, and grants they are entitled to.

£500 would make a huge difference.

Your donation of £500 could keep a typical Macmillan information and support centre stocked with all the information booklets, guides, directories and leaflets it needs to support people affected by cancer for seven weeks.

£1,000 would make a huge difference.

Your donation of £1,000 could cover the costs of approximately 24 patients to receive a personalised electronic Holistic Needs Assessment and care plan.

£5,000 would make a huge difference.

A donation of £5,000 could support our Macmillan Clinical Information Nurse Specialists to support the Macmillan support line phone service for 1 day, answering around 123 calls and web enquiries from people living with cancer.

£10,000 would make a huge difference.

A donation of £10,000 could pay for a Macmillan Support Worker for over four months, helping people living with cancer receive the support they need.

£250 would make a huge difference.

Your donation of £250 could support a large Macmillan benefits advice service for 1 hour, helping people affected by cancer access the benefits, tax credits, and grants they are entitled to.

£500 would make a huge difference.

Your donation of £500 could keep a typical Macmillan information and support centre stocked with all the information resources it needs to support people affected by cancer for seven weeks. These resources would include booklets, guides, directories and leaflets.

£1,000 would make a huge difference.

Your donation of £1,000 could cover the costs of approximately 24 patients to receive a personalised electronic holistic needs assessment and care plan.

£5,000 would make a huge difference.

A donation of £5,000 could support our Macmillan Clinical Information Nurse Specialists to support the Macmillan support line phone service for 1 day, answering around 123 calls and web enquiries from people living with cancer about treatment options, pain management and more.

£10,000 would make a huge difference.

A donation of £10,000 could pay for a Macmillan Support Worker for over four months, helping people living with cancer receive the support they need.

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If you are thinking of making a donation and would like any guidance, you can give the Philanthropy team a call on 020 7840 4895 or email philanthropyenquiries@macmillan.org.uk.