Today is World Cancer Day. In this blog, quality and evaluation officer Rachael highlights the different ways in which  Macmillan offers information and support. 

‘Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world.’ This is the message of World Cancer Day, which falls on 4th February each year.

2019 marks the launch of World Cancer Day’s 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. It challenges each of us to do what we can to make life better for people with cancer.

We’re here for everyone

Macmillan serves the whole of the UK. We want everyone with cancer to live as fully as they can, wherever in the UK they call home and whatever their life experience.

Our volunteers make a real difference

We couldn’t do this without the efforts our volunteers, who give their time and skills to help others in their community.

Ravinder’s story

After using Macmillan’s services when she had breast cancer, Ravinder decided to become a volunteer, through fundraising, talking to her local community, and generating press coverage.

Ravinder has dedicated much time and energy to changing the stigma around cancer that she felt to be an issue in the Asian community. You can learn more about Ravinder’s story here.

an image of our supporter Ravinder

Vivek’s story

After Macmillan supported Vivek through his diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumour, he wanted to give something back. Vivek began helping out at his local Macmillan centre and ran support groups. You can learn more about Vivek’s story here.


What could you do?

Go to our website to read about other volunteer stories and find out what you could do.

Asking for help

Sometimes the most important thing any of us can do is ask for help – whether that’s information, advice or support. Call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm. We have access to an interpretation service in over 200 languages so people can speak in their own language, via an interpreter.

Information for everyone

If you want to read or listen to our information, you can choose from a range of languages and formats:

an image of a globe and the words information for everyone

Get in touch

We’d love to hear how you are giving or getting support. Share your ideas and experiences in the comments below!


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We're with you every step of the way

The Macmillan team is here to help. Our cancer support specialists can answer your questions, offer support, or simply listen if you need a chat. Call us free on 0808 808 00 00.

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