As 2016 gets underway, Macmillan Cancer Support have revealed that they were able to commit £1.5 million to supporting and caring for those with cancer in the Yorkshire and Humber area, thanks to the ongoing efforts of hard-working fundraisers.

Francine Tyler, Macmillan Area Fundraising Manager, said: “Because of all your support, in 2015 Macmillan was able to commit £1,531,517 helping to support the 68,600 people living with or beyond cancer locally. This means there are now around 206 Macmillan professionals working in West Yorkshire.

Events such as the World's Biggest Coffee Morning have helped to raise huge amounts
Events such as the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning have helped to raise huge amounts

“I just want to say a personal thank you to everyone who hosted or attended coffee mornings, volunteered their time, took part in challenge events, braved the shave, went sober for October, put a pound in a collection box, or held their own events to raise money for Macmillan.”

One of the latest developments is the opening of a new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield (part of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust). The service, which saw an investment of more than £159,000, provides free information and support for anyone with questions about cancer.

Francine added: “Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer. By 2030, the number of people living with the disease will have doubled, so it’s a huge task to support each and every one of those in some way.

“With the support of local fundraisers and volunteers, we can keep supporting services and team up with partners to provide the best cancer care possible here in your community. With your help, we can make sure no one in West Yorkshire has to face cancer alone.”

If you’re interested in holding or attending a fundraising event, getting involved with a fundraising group or committee, or would like to choose Macmillan as your charity of the year, please contact Francine Tyler on 07850 206343 or

Anyone who has questions about cancer can call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm or by visiting