23rd Oct, 2020

Sonia's concerns as much-loved cancer charity faces £100m loss

MACMILLAN Cancer Support expects to lose almost £100million in voluntary income this financial year as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

At the beginning of the year, the charity had expected to bring in about £235m in voluntary donations, but now expects the figure to be about £140m.

Fundraising events and activities have been cancelled, having a significant impact on the income charities, like Macmillan, are able to raise.

“I’m really worried about where we are going to end up,” said Redditch’s Sonia Tudor, the winner of the charity’s Douglas Macmillan Volunteer of the Year Award 2020.

“As far as my services are concerned, there are three people I look out for, all are vulnerable, and I’ve been ringing them every day but there’s been no face-to-face contact.”

Last month, Macmillan launched an emergency appeal in the hope of raising £5m to continue to provide vital support to people with cancer.

Claire Rowney, executive director of fundraising for Macmillan said, “Macmillan is almost entirely funded by public donations and is facing a significant drop in income.

“This is why we have launched an emergency appeal so we can continue to provide vital support to people with cancer, now and in the future.

“Macmillan is doing everything it can to help address the immediate and unique challenges that having cancer during this pandemic brings but we need the public’s help.”

To find out how to fund raise for Macmillan whilst adhering to government guidelines, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0300 1000 200.

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