Since Douglas Macmillan founded our charity in 1911, we have grown to be the UK’s leading source of cancer support, helping more and more people living with cancer, all with your help.
In 1911, a young man named Douglas Macmillan watched his father die of cancer. His father's pain and suffering moved Douglas so much, he founded the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer.
Douglas wanted advice and information to be provided to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes.
Today much of Douglas's legacy lives on. We’ve continually adapted the support we offer to ensure it’s right for people today, and will be right in the future too. Our determination to continually improve the experience of cancer is something that will never waver