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Our Charity of the Year 2019

The Commercial Express charity for 2019 is Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan's aim is to improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same.

There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and as people live longer this number is set to grow to 4 million by 2030.

Macmillan want to provide support to everyone who needs it, to help people affected by cancer feel more in control of their lives.

Macmillan produce independent, expert, up-to-date information to meet the information needs of people affected by cancer.

They provide information on over 60 types of cancer, managing symptoms and side effects, coping with emotions and managing practical issues like money, work and travel.

They currently have over 500 booklets leaflets and fact sheets and approximately 2500 pages of cancer information on their website.

In addition to this they also provide a free support line where a team are on hand to answer questions, talk through worries or simply listen if someone is having a bad day.

There are also nurse specialists, welfare rights advisers and financial guides on hand to answer more specific questions about cancer, treatment, benefits and finances.

In 2016 thanks to donations Macmillan were able to spend £173.2 million on services for people with cancer, A slight breakdown of where some of this money went - £58.9 million went on healthcare, £40.4 million went on financial support, £25.1 million towards information and support and £25.1 million on campaigning and raising awareness.

Stories from Macmillan

Deanne's Story on Diagnosis...

In February 2014, Deanne's neck and arm became swollen, the pain was so intense that eventually she couldn't move her arm. After visiting her GP, Deanne was referred to have her tonsils removed. A few weeks later, a biopsy revealed she had throat cancer caused by the HPV virus.

I had a fall at work in December and that took me out of work with back problems. But then at Christmas I was starting to feel unwell. It didn't go away. This carried on into February when suddenly my neck and my arm both swelled up.

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