Macmillan Acute Oncology service team standing together for a group picture outside a hospital.

How your gift can help Macmillan professionals

Macmillan professionals help to improve the experience and outcomes of people living with cancer. Find out how your major gift could help.

How you can help Macmillan Professionals

We support people living with cancer from the moment they are diagnosed to live life as fully as they can. Whether they need help paying bills, advice on benefits or treatment, or just want to chat, there are many different ways we can help.

Find out more about the different projects and services you can support.

Help Macmillan nurses

A male Macmillan nurse wearing a Macmillan lanyard looks at the camera. He sits in front of a computer.

Macmillan Nurses are highly experienced professionals who use their expert knowledge to give tailored care and support to people living with cancer. They include Clinical Nurse Specialists who help people make informed decisions about their treatment, as well as help them manage their treatment.

Through learning and development grants and ongoing support from our service development teams, Macmillan nurses are supported to continue their professional development enabling them to provide the best possible care for people living with cancer.

Our nurses offer help and information not just to patients, but also to their families, friends and carers. By guiding people through the different types of services, they help people get the emotional, physical and financial support they need.

Help Macmillan support workers

Macmillan Cancer Support Worker Gemma in her office

Macmillan support workers work alongside nurses and other health and social care professionals as part of the cancer care team. They act as a single point of contact for people living with cancer from the moment they are diagnosed onwards.

They coordinate appointments, give advice, and signpost people to sources of information and other services, as well as providing a listening ear for those in need of emotional support.

Support workers are there to quickly answer straightforward patient queries, while making sure more complex concerns are directed to a more senior nurse or health professional. This means a support worker can help free up 30-40% more time in a Macmillan nurse's day, giving extra time to support their patients.

In 2019, our Macmillan nurses alone reached over 1 million unique people affected by cancer. However, we want to be there for everyone that needs our help – now and in the future.

How your support makes a difference

A photograph of Ria, Macmillan Palliative Care Support Nurse.

£6,888

can fund a Macmillan nurse for 6 weeks to support a person living with cancer and their family with all their needs.

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£15,930

can fund a Macmillan support worker for 6 months to help a person living with cancer’s needs be met

A male Macmillan nurse wearing a white shirt and green lanyard sits in front of a window.

£59,699

can fund a Macmillan nurse for 1 year, who on average will support 185 people affected by cancer.