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How It Helps

How funds raised for Sober October make a difference

We know that cancer isn’t going anywhere, so we’re giving people with cancer everything we’ve got. There are three million people living with cancer in the UK right now, and the pandemic has had a huge impact on all of them. They are counting on us for physical, financial and emotional support.

Since the launch of Sober October in 2014, our amazing Soberheroes have raised over £33million. This incredible amount has made a huge difference to the lives of people with cancer, and is helping them to live life as fully as they can.

People living with cancer need Macmillan now more than ever before. We’re doing whatever it takes. But without your help we can’t support everyone who needs us. That’s why we need you to take part in Sober October this year and ditch the booze to raise money for Macmillan.

Where the money goes

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Macmillan nurses

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Information and support centres

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Support line

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Cancer information resources

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Macmillan healthcare professionals

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Financial support

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Campaigning for change

How The Funds Raised Will Make A Difference

Everyone living with cancer deserves the best possible healthcare and support. Macmillan can be there for even more people from the moment of their cancer diagnosis. Thanks to you we’re able to give them practical, emotional and genuinely personal support through cancer, from help with money worries to be there when they need to talk.


could pay for 200 copies of The Cancer Guide. This Macmillan booklet can help someone recently diagnosed with cancer and their families, understand more about cancer, its treatment, and the help available.


could provide emotional support to one person living with cancer for around eight weeks, through ongoing and regular telephone sessions with one of our Macmillan Telephone Buddies.


could pay for a Macmillan nurse for 1 day, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.


could support our financial guides to run the financial guidance element of our phone, webchat and online service for 1 hour. In this time, they could, on average, deal with 5 calls or web enquiries, providing a wide range of financial support and advice to people affected by cancer.

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Right there to support Olle

Olle was diagnosed with a rare form of bowel cancer in 2018 shortly after losing his daughter to pancreatic cancer. Olle has received vital help and support from Macmillan nurses and professionals at Ipswich Hospital where his late daughter, Toni, also received care and treatment.

‘We were at a total loss when Toni was first told about her cancer and didn’t know where to turn. Debbie, our Macmillan Manager was just so lovely, every time myself or my other daughters walked in, she was there with open arms and a big cuddle. I can’t praise the people there highly enough – they became an extension of our family.’

‘All the staff in the Centre are such lovely, compassionate people; they understand that sometimes the best support can be just having a cup of tea and sitting down to have a chat about the weather. It also means a lot that some of the nurses who’ve treated and cared for me are the same as those who treated Toni. How can I ever thank Macmillan for what they’ve done for my daughter and what they’ve done for me and my family?'

For support, information or if you just want to chat, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.

Important Note

Sober October is an 18+ fundraising campaign aimed at challenging social drinkers to change their habits for a month and make some healthy lifestyle changes. We would encourage people to drink responsibly and stick to the recommended daily guidelines for the rest of the year. We advise heavy drinkers or people dependent on alcohol to speak with their GP before signing up to Sober October.