Getting involved with our campaigns

Stop cancer becoming the Forgotten 'C'

Now, more than ever, people living with cancer need to be able to get the right treatment, care and support, at the right time.

Find out how you can take action to stop cancer becoming the forgotten ‘C’ in your nation.


Cancer Matters: 2021 elections

1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, thousands of vital cancer treatments, appointments and care were postponed or cancelled.

The consequences of this disruption to cancer services are impossible to ignore. Macmillan hears every day from people in desperate need of support. People still aren’t able to get the timely support they need, and the emotional impact of the outbreak is continuing to take its toll on people already struggling.

That is why we are calling upon your local Mayoral Candidates to work with Macmillan to become a Cancer Champion.

The cancer care system is facing unprecedented challenges. The elections are a vital opportunity for us to join together to make sure candidates know that cancer matters during these elections, and beyond.

On 15 April, local Macmillan campaigners sent letters asking Mayoral candidates to take our 3 Pledges ahead of the elections in:

If you would like to be kept informed about our campaigns and take action, sign up as a Macmillan campaigner.

You can check if you can vote in this election on your local council website, and you can register to vote here.

What are Macmillan's three pledges?

Macmillan are asking candidates for Mayor to make three pledges to ensure cancer doesn't become the forgotten 'C' when they are elected. The pledges are to:

  1. Work with Macmillan to make sure everyone knows how to get cancer support. From encouraging those with possible cancer symptoms to visit their GP, to highlighting vital local support services.
  2. Meet people living with cancer within the first 100 days of getting elected.
  3. Take part in World's Biggest Coffee Morning this September to help raise funds for people living with cancer.

Frequently asked questions

By supporting our campaigns locally, you can help improve the day-to-day lives of people affected by cancer. We have answered some frequently asked questions below. If you need more support please get in touch.

Cancer Matters: 2021 elections

The 2021 elections are a vital opportunity for us to join together and make our voices heard.

Campaign with Macmillan to make sure your local representatives won’t let cancer become the forgotten ‘C’ when they are elected in:


I am short on time, what can I do to help?

If you’re not already signed up as one of our growing network of campaigners, take a minute to sign up today. As a campaigner, you will receive regular email updates on our campaigns and what you can do to help.

We may ask you to sign a petition, email your MP or share our campaign actions with your friends. Whatever it might be, taking action is quick, easy and can make a real difference.


What's the best way to keep up to date with our latest news and campaigns actions?

You can read our campaigns blog to find out how we’re working to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.


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How can I support Macmillan locally?

As well as campaigning, there are many other ways to get involved with Macmillan. Find out about other ways to get involved with Macmillan’s work:

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Find out more about Macmillan's work to improve the lives of people living with cancer in your local area.