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.

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Local elections 2021

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

Select your location below to read about the local election outcomes.

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England local elections 2021

In the local elections this year, Macmillan campaigners took hundreds of actions for people living with cancer and their loved ones.

With thanks to campaigners like you, the newly-elected Mayors in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson, and the West of England, Dan Norris, have pledged to:

  • 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.
  • Meet local people living with cancer within the first 100 days of getting elected
  • Take part in World's Biggest Coffee Morning this September to help raise funds for people living with cancer.

Our campaigning asks were also included in Andy Burnham’s manifesto, who was re-elected Mayor for Greater Manchester.

But campaigning for people living with cancer is now more important than ever.

The cancer care system is facing unprecedented challenges. Macmillan estimates that it will take the NHS 18 months working at 110% capacity to catch up on missing cancer diagnoses, and 15 months to clear the cancer treatment backlog.

Very sadly, the number of people being diagnosed early with cancer in England has plummeted since the start of the pandemic. The knock-on effects of the pandemic mean that we will have to deal with the long shadow of coronavirus for many years to come.

We will continue to campaign with you every step of the way to ensure the Government doesn’t let cancer become the forgotten ‘C’ by making sure that:

  • The cancer care workforce is fit for the future.
  • People can access the right care and support when they need it.
  • Cancer doesn't come at a financial cost.

Download our guide to help you take action if you think you are not receiving the right care:

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Senedd Election 2021

In the run-up to the elections in Wales, Macmillan campaigners reached candidates in 97% of constituencies with the message that cancer matters.

As a result, we have started to build bridges with many of Wales’ new Members of the Senedd and were able to secure several Macmillan priorities within political parties’ manifestos. We will continue to work with all parties to get better support for cancer patients.

We will now turn our attention to working with the new Welsh Government to ensure:

  • An ambitious plan to improve cancer outcomes
  • Comprehensive personalised care for all
  • A cancer workforce fit for the future
  • Improved palliative and end of life care across Wales.
 

Download our guide to help you take action if you think you are not receiving the right care:

Cancer and Coronavirus – Know your rights in Wales (PDF)

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Scottish Parliament Election 2021

In the run-up to the elections in Scotland, Macmillan campaigners reached candidates in 86% of constituencies with the message that cancer matters.

As a result, many candidates pledged to become Cancer Champions, and fight for a system where people living with cancer can live life as fully as possible. We now look forward to working with those who were elected, so that together we can be a strong voice for the thousands of people living with cancer in Scotland.

We’re pleased to report that through Macmillan pressure, all five parties elected to Holyrood had cancer commitments in their Manifestos. With no party receiving a majority in the election, we will continue to work with all parties to get better support for cancer patients.

Our calls for the Scottish Parliament

  • The Scottish Cancer Recovery Plan 2020 – 2023 is implemented in full
  • Health Committee investigates cancer in Scotland
  • A new palliative and end of life care strategy is published.
 

Download our guide to help you take action if you think you are not receiving the right care:

Cancer and coronavirus - know your rights in Scotland (PDF)

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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.

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.

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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 find out what's going on around the UK?

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.