By 2020, almost one in two people will get cancer at some point in their lives.
At Macmillan, they know cancer can affect everything. Your body, your relationships, your money, everything. But Macmillan is there to help people live life, no matter what. To give people the support they need to hold on to who they are and what’s important.
The National Garden Scheme has been supporting Macmillan since 1985 and is proud to be the charity’s largest single donor. Over £16 million has been donated in this time and has funded 147 nursing and healthcare professionals across the UK. This money has also helped to fund the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre in Southmead Hospital, Bristol. In 2015, the NGS announced it would donate £1.5 million over three years towards to a new state of the art cancer centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Derbyshire. The new NGS Macmillan Unit is home to chemotherapy treatment rooms, specialist information and advice, practical and financial support and counselling services.
Gardening as a way to keep active In addition to the funds raised we are also working together to raise awareness of the benefits of gardens and gardening for health and wellbeing. In 2017 we launched a joint campaign encouraging people living with cancer to take on small amounts of physical activity through gardening as a way to help manage and reduce the side effects of cancer treatment. As part of our partnership we’ve also produced this leaflet that outlines how gardening can help you keep active during and after cancer treatment. To order free copies of the leaflet, please click here.