Cancer Unit to Open Thanks to £1.5 Million Donation by the National Garden Scheme

Cancer Unit to Open Thanks to £1.5 Million Donation by the National Garden Scheme

Mon 13 Mar 2017

***Funding will help revolutionize cancer care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital***


A state of the art cancer unit will open at Chesterfield Royal Hospital Derbyshire this year thanks to a £1.5 million donation from the National Garden Scheme (NGS) to the Macmillan Chesterfield Appeal.


The NGS has worked in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support since 1985 and is the charity’s largest single donor. The money, equivalent to the NGS’ annual £500,000 donation to Macmillan over three years, amounts to over half of the £2.5 million Macmillan has raised towards the ‘NGS Macmillan Unit’ at the hospital.


Every year, 1,500 people in North Derbyshire are told that they have cancer. The new state of the art new unit will provide all cancer services and treatment in one place, helping people with cancer receive vital treatment, care, and support in one purpose-built unit closer to home.

A garden will also be created at the unit offering a calm and holistic space where patients and carers can spend time and reflect during cancer treatment and after care.

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We are so grateful to the NGS for their incredible support over more than 30 years. This project is just the latest example of how their support has helped to make a real difference for people with cancer. This is the second time the NGS has supported a building like this, the first being the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Bristol Hospital.


“We want to thank everyone at the NGS and particularly all the people who opened their gardens to help fund this project. The impact for the local community in Chesterfield cannot be overestimated; quite simply, their donation has put us well on the way to ensuring that no one in Derbyshire faces cancer alone.”


The NGS’ Chief Executive George Plumptre said: “The NGS was founded nearly 90 years ago to fund district nurses and has since become the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK. We are delighted that our contribution has been able to make such a huge difference for Macmillan and for people across Derbyshire.


“On behalf of all NGS garden owners I am extremely proud to put the NGS name to this project which will be testament to the partnership between our two charities and the benefits we bring to thousands of people.”


The NGS has given over £16.2 million to fund 147 Macmillan professional posts and service projects since the partnership first took root in 1985.




For more information please contact:

Lucy Morrison, Macmillan Cancer Support, 0207 091 4985 /


Notes to Editors:

About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.


That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.


To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit


About the NGS

  • Founded in 1927, The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has donated more than £24 million to charity in the last ten years.
  • The NGS gave £2.637 million in 2015 to the nursing and other caring charities from money raised by opening more than 3,800 private gardens in England and Wales.
  • Charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Parkinson’s UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and Perennial. In total the NGS has donated over £16 million to Macmillan Cancer Support
  • In total the NGS has donated over £6.8 million to Marie Curie
  • Details of all gardens opening throughout the year for the National Gardens Scheme can be found on the NGS website: