Macmillan Cancer Support

The National Garden Scheme is Macmillan’s longest standing partner. We’ve donated over £17 million since our partnership began in 1984. In 2019, we donated £500,000.

The National Garden Scheme and Macmillan Cancer Support work together in a unique partnership where opening beautiful private gardens to the public helps transform lives. Since 1984, the National Garden Scheme has donated over £17 million, funding care units in Bristol and Chesterfield as well as funding 149 Macmillan nurses and other vital professionals.

Together we’re also inspiring more people to visit gardens to enjoy the sense of wellbeing a beautiful outdoor space can bring. Visiting these exceptional gardens will also help us open the doors of the Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan specialist palliative care unit in Wales, our latest joint project and direct result of our shared commitment to supporting people when they need help most.

The National Garden Scheme will be contributing £2.5 million over the next five years to the unit, set to open in 2019, making a real difference to the end of life experience of cancer patients in the region.

The quote below from Lynda Thomas, CEO Macmillan Cancer Support, highlights the importance of the National Garden Scheme’s partnership with Macmillan.

We are so proud to be celebrating our 35th anniversary with the National Garden Scheme this year. As our longest standing partner, the National Garden Scheme makes a considerable difference to the lives of people living with cancer. The vital money they raise through garden visits will help us to open the doors of the new Y Bwthyn NGS Specialist Palliative Care unit, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, later this year. Visiting gardens really does change lives and we look forward to working together for many more years to come.’, Lynda Thomas, CEO Macmillan Cancer Support

You can support our partnership by visiting a beautiful garden open near you.

NGS Macmillan Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital. L to R: Elaine Wilson, Macmillan Strategic Partnership Manager; Roger Start, Lead Cancer Clinician; Martin McMillan, National Garden Scheme.

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