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 Case for Support

Read more about these three programmes of work in our Case for Support – Taking The Big Leap in Scotland [PDF].

Our plan to deliver this work

This map outlines the spread of Macmillan Professionals currently in funding across Scotland.


Map of regions for the Big Leap projects

Use the drop-downs below 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.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

The difference you make

We want to be there for every person living with cancer in Scotland who needs us, but we can’t do it without you.

£500

can help stock a Macmillan Information and Support Centre for 7 weeks with all the guides, leaflets and resources needed for people affected by cancer.

Close up image of a man's hands using an ipad.

£1,000

helps fund around 24 electronic Holistic Needs Assessments for people living with cancer so they get the support they need.

A female Macmillan Nurse wearing a blue uniform stands next to a hospital cubicle curtain

£5,000

helps our Clinical Information Nurse Specialists to answer the on average 123 enquiries they get daily from people living with cancer from the Macmillan Support Line.

Macmillan Cancer Support Worker Gemma talking to a colleague in her office

£10,000

can help fund a Macmillan support worker for over 4 months to help people living with cancer get the support they need.