Share your story with the media

By raising awareness of what we do in the national and local press we can reach more people. We rely on personal stories to help us engage readers around our cause and bring our stories to life.

If you're interested in sharing your story in a magazine, newspaper or on TV please send a summary of your story along with your name, contact details and a recent photo to stories@macmillan.org.uk. Unfortunately we're unable to respond to everyone, but if a media opportunity comes along that we think you may be suitable for we'll get in touch.

Frequently asked questions:

Why should I share my story?

We want to help as many people as possible during their cancer experience – patients, carers, families and communities. By raising awareness of what we do in national newspapers, magazines, on TV and in the local press we can reach more people. 
   
We rely on personal stories to help us do this as they engage the reader and bring the story to life. For example, if we provide research for a newspaper showing that cancer can affect people financially it has more of an impact if it’s accompanied by an emotive quote or story of someone who has been directly affected and helped by us. 
   
Your story can encourage those who see it to get help if they are worried they have the symptoms of cancer or may inspire them to donate or fundraise for us. Some people who’ve shared their story find it a cathartic experience. It makes them feel good to give something back.

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What would I have to do?

If you are interested in sharing your story with a magazine, newspaper or on TV, email a brief summary of it along with your contact details to stories@macmillan.org.uk

If you have a story that we think will be of interest to the media, a member of the press team will get in touch to explain the process of sharing your story and answer any questions you might have. They will ask you a few questions to find out more about your story and ask you to send over some relevant photos. 
   
If you want to go ahead, the press officer will approach journalists with your story and try to secure you a slot in a magazine, newspaper or on TV. If you are happy to appear in that media, with your permission we’ll pass on your contact details to the journalist who will arrange to interview you, usually by telephone. We regret that we won’t be able to respond to everyone who emails us but really appreciate you getting in touch.

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Where would my story appear?

We work with a range of media from broadcasters like the BBC, national newspapers like The Times, Daily Mail and Guardian and women’s magazines like Woman’s Own and Good Housekeeping. 
   
They all have different requirements for their stories so we would approach those which we think are most appropriate, depending on your story.

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Do I have to be identified or pictured?

Yes, all of the magazines and newspaper ask that the people they interview are pictured. Some ask you to send/email them photos to use while others send a photographer to take photos.

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Will I have a say over what's written?

Once you've agreed to appear in a particular publication, we will pass on the information you have given us along with your contact details to the journalist who will arrange to interview you. 
   
While some journalists offer to read your story before it goes to print to check facts it depends on the publication. The Press Officer will be able to tell you more depending on your individual story and which publication it is placed in.

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What happens next?

The journalist will try tell you when your story will appear so you can get a copy and tell all your friends. We ask the journalists to include information about Macmillan Cancer Support’s campaigns and services and you can feel proud that you’ve helped deliver our message.

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Bianca's story

Bianca was diagnosed with breast cancer and secondary bone cancer in September 2013. She underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. 

Bianca started using Instagram to document the various stages of her treatment and found it a positive way to show what she was going through and to receive support. She has shared her story with Sky News (pictured) and BBC Online discussing treatment, fertility and what getting cancer in her twenties taught her. 

Thankfully, Bianca has recently been given the all-clear by doctors.

Craig's story

Craig was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in September 2016 and has since undergone radiotherapy and a thyroidectomy. 

Having watched The World’s Strongest Man as a child, Craig was always inspired by Strongman competitions. He used the gym as a release from his depression after diagnosis and during treatment, even going on to pull a Macmillan branded truck in a competition.

Craig has shared his story with BBC News and London Live, hoping to encourage as many men as possible to be open with their emotions and get the support they need.