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Find out how you can get involved in improving the lives of people affected by cancer with Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots
Make time for what matters to you, your family and friends by joining Macmillan Cancer Support for a big, beautiful walk. With nine walks at stunning locations across the country, you can get together with hundreds of people all walking to improve the lives of people affected by cancer in their community. Walking is a great way to improve your health and have fun with family, friends and colleagues. Each walk has a 3 and 8 mile route, so you can pick one that suits your age and level of fitness.
Miles for Macmillan is Macmillan Cancer Support's national fundraising walking event which is supported by Boots UK. The ambition of Macmillan's big beautiful walks is to create inspiring community events and raise money to help the Macmillan team be there every step of the way for people affected by cancer.
To find your nearest walk, visit macmillan.org.uk/miles or call 0300 1000 200 (09:00 - 17:30 Monday to Friday).
There are many ways you can raise money to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer. You can get involved in a local event, sign up for a challenge in the UK or overseas or even hold an event of your own. Give a bit of your time and energy to make a difference and meet new friends at the same time.
Events include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, walking the Great Wall of China and crossing the Sahara desert. However, if you're not quite that adventurous, why not try joining a UK-based walk, or maybe a running event? Whether it's your first 5k or your fifth marathon, Macmillan will be with you every step of the way.
How about taking part in Macmillan's flagship event, the World's Biggest Coffee Morning? There are many ways in which everyone can get involved and help to raise money.
However you contribute, you'll make a real difference to the everyday lives of people with cancer.
Volunteers are very much at the heart of what Macmillan does, and there is a range of volunteering opportunities that enable people to share their skills or simply give their time to make a difference to the two million people living with cancer across the UK. From cheering at a fundraising event to giving talks or providing help in an office, there is something for everyone.
"Not only did I get a sense of what Macmillan was about and the difference it makes, but I also benefited from working with a really motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic team... this was inspirational."
– Alice, World's Biggest Coffee Morning intern 2008
Macmillan campaigns for a better deal for people affected by cancer. Everyone with cancer should receive the right level of treatment and support, regardless of who they are and where they live.
You can be part of this growing movement. Macmillan is currently campaigning to end hospital car parking charges, freeze out fuel poverty and to ensure MPs make cancer care a health priority.
Get more information and start campaigning now.
"It's easy to sign up as an e-campaigner., You get a lot of support, and it feels good to know you're making a real difference," says Neil Jones, Boots UK CSR aAnalyst
Macmillan aims to provide unforgettable support to the dedicated people taking part in events to raise money for people affected by cancer. You could be part of this support. You'll need to offer about three hours of your time and have bags of enthusiasm and a cheery smile! It makes a real difference to the fundraisers experience. To get more information about helping in your area click here.
"The atmosphere at an event is fantastic, and the difference you can make to those participating in the event is immeasurable. When I volunteered at last year's London Marathon, we made more noise than everyone around us and helped the runners to carry on to the end," says Hannah Almond, pPharmacist and Macmillan Champion, Store 5060, London.
If you have been affected by cancer, either by having cancer or knowing a friend or relative with cancer, becoming a Cancer Voice is a unique and powerful way to make life better for everyone affected by it. By using your cancer experience, you can help Macmillan change the future of cancer care.
You can make an impact in many different ways: simply by attending a meeting, using the phone or even just sending an email.
You can dedicate as much or as little time as you want. We know that you may be in treatment or getting back to work – you can do it at your own pace. It's all managed online so it's easy to keep organised.
"After being diagnosed with a rare cancer I was supported by a brilliant Macmillan nurse. It motivated me to sign up as a Cancer Voice and share my experience, and give support and inspiration to others. It's been great to feel useful again."
– Graham, 38, Tyne & Wear
Macmillan relies almost entirely on voluntary income to fund its vital services and to develop new ways of supporting people affected by cancer. If you can't spare time but would like to give some money, you can give a one-off donation, set up a direct debit, donate through payroll or leave a legacy to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
However you get involved, Macmillan will make it as easy and rewarding for you as possible.
For more information on Macmillan Cancer Support, visit Macmillan.org.uk.
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