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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

Cancer information resources leaflet

Cancer information resources

Macmillan healthcare professionals

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 keep a typical Macmillan information and support centre stocked with all the necessary information resources for one week.


could pay for a Macmillan family support worker for a day, helping patients, family members and carers manage living with cancer.


could pay for a Macmillan Grant that helps a person with cancer heat their home when they really need to.


could pay for us to add British Sign Language signing and subtitles to an information video, to ensure it is accessible to people with hearing loss.

Right there to support Kiwi's physical health

Kiwi, 37, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012. He struggled with the side effects of his treatment and found useful information from Macmillan booklets. Macmillan also advised him to stay strong with physical exercise.

‘I did have some really really dark moments, but what I realised was that there were people next to me and my friends and family around me. Just behind my friends and family there were people that I couldn’t see, they’re people like Macmillan who were right there with me, providing me strength and support and love.’

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 a 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.