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Making a difference with Macmillan Cancer Support

Find out more about how Boots has supported Macmillan

Boots & Macmillan

Boots has worked in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support since 2009, with the aim of helping to ensure people affected by cancer have access to the best cancer information and support in their local community.As of 31 August 2017, more than 2,200 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists have completed training to offer support to people affected by cancer and their loved ones, including carers and family members. In that same time, over 1,000 Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors have been trained to help people affected by cancer to feel more like themselves.Boots UK pharmacists and No7 beauty advisors have been given special training to be more comfortable and helpful when talking to people living with cancer. This is so they can be confident with providing both medical support and emotional, too. Our trained pharmacists and advisors are an easy and approachable option for people living with cancer and their loved ones to turn to for advice, support and information that they might not be able to get from somewhere else. They'll be able to help with queries such as how to take care of your appearance to managing the side effects of cancer treatment. Carers and loved ones often feel there aren't many places or options to go to for help, so we aim to provide the support they might need through our pharmacies.  

Fundraising & donations

Thanks to the efforts of Boots colleagues and customers, we’ve raised more than £15 million (as of 31 August 2017) for Macmillan Cancer Support* since the start of our partnership in 2009. You can make donations to Macmillan at the checkout in Boots stores or via Macmillan collection boxes on display in many stores.


Volunteers make it possible for Macmillan to reach people affected by cancer throughout the country and many Boots colleagues have joined the Macmillan Direct Volunteer Service Team, offering practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer in their homes.Volunteers help in numerous ways, including:

• Spreading the word about Macmillan by handing out leaflets

• Co-ordinating fundraising events

• Supporting those who need help with daily activities like food shopping

How Macmillan are helping deal with Coronavirus

Macmillan Cancer Support has seen first-hand the impact that coronavirus is having on people living with cancer. Right now, Macmillan nurses, support workers and other healthcare professionals are continuing to support people living with cancer, whilst doing all they can to alleviate pressures on the NHS caused by coronavirus. But at a time when their support has become more important than ever, the truth is Macmillan can’t continue to be there for all the people who need them.Amidst the rapidly changing landscape, many Macmillan services are having to adapt the way they operate. They need to remain flexible and responsive to the changing requirements of the NHS so that they can provide the best care for people living with cancer. Find out how you can donate your time to support Macmillan.

Macmillan Cancer Support are adapting to help fight coronavirus:

• They're announcing a £5m Coronavirus Response Fund to support the NHS during the current health emergency.

•  Will soon be launching SafeFit, a new virtual service helping people with cancer maintain and improve their physical and mental wellbeing through exercise, nutrition advice and emotional support.

• They're introducing a new telephone buddying service providing invaluable emotional support to people living with cancer.

• They're continuing to provide vital financial support to help with some of the additional costs that living with cancer can bring. In March 2020, Macmillan awarded grants to almost 3,500 people with cancer, worth a total of £1.1m.

If you can support Macmillan during this vital time, please visit their donation page.

*Macmillan Cancer Support, registered charity in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604). Also operating in Northern Ireland. Registered office: 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7UQ.

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