Claire hugging her Macmillan nurse, Shez

Why your support matters

Cancer is not going anywhere. And neither are we. Macmillan is needed now more than ever. Find out how your support means we can continue to be there for people living with cancer.

There’s around 3 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and over 360,000 more are diagnosed every year. Right now, millions of people with cancer are counting on us for physical, financial and emotional support.

At Macmillan, we won’t rest, and we won’t settle for anything other than the best possible support for people living with cancer. We do whatever it takes – last year was no exception.

But we can't do it alone. We're facing a huge drop in income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Because 97% of our work is funded by people like you, we need your support now more than ever.

In 2020, 4.2 million people visited our website, including our reliable, easy to understand and up-to-date information About cancer and coronavirus .

You help people like Mohammad get financial support

Mo standing in the doorway of his shed

I was diagnosed back in 2014 but it did not hit me until a few weeks later, I needed to talk to someone, so I called Macmillan and cried, and they put me at ease and helped me, being very supportive.

I lost my job because of ill health. Macmillan helped me get my finances in order. They put me through to help me fill in forms and helped me with heating bills. Now that I am getting better, I thought that I'd do some fundraising – a coffee morning and a car boot to raise money for Macmillan.

Mohammad, diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.

In 2020, we identified over £278 million in financial gains for people living with cancer, including Macmillan grants and state benefits people were entitled to. 

You help Macmillan professionals like Sandra to support people like Jerry

Jerry talks with Macmillan Nurse Sandra while walking in his garden.

Our specialist Macmillan nurse Sandra was always on hand and we still attend a support group she started 13 years ago. I was in and out of hospital with infections from the osteoradionecrosis and could always ring or email our nurse to get seen in clinic or get advice. My wife also nominated her for an award. Though unsuccessful, it was published in the Royal College of Nurse's journal.

Jerry, diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2014.

In 2020, we set aside £12.5m for our Coronavirus Response Fund. The fund prioritised supporting health and social care services across the UK to continue supporting people with cancer.

You help people like Sally get emotional support

Close up image of Sally sat in front of a window, smiling at the camera

It was so reassuring to be able to talk to someone who understood my worries and was genuinely interested in listening to me. Having someone to speak with that you don't have an emotional connection with allows you to talk more rationally and freely. I will be forever grateful for the kindness and support my Telephone Buddy showed me in a really difficult time.

Sally, diagnosed with melanoma cancer in 2019.

In 2020, 2,455 people were supported by our Telephone Buddies service, and we can now offer Buddy support in 20 different languages.