The National Gardens Scheme Raises a Record £15 Million for Macmillan Cancer Support

The NGS has raised a staggering £15 million for Macmillan Cancer Support over their 30 year long partnership. The announcement was made at the Tatton Park Flower Show by Joe Swift, President of the NGS. The NGS is Macmillan’s longest standing corporate partner and largest single donor.

To date, the money raised by NGS garden owners, who open their gardens for nursing and caring charities including Macmillan, has funded over 150 Macmillan services to help make sure that no one faces cancer alone. These vital services include clinical nursing specialists, financial advisors, dieticians, physiotherapists and counsellors for people affected by cancer.

Over the past 30 years, gardening has shown increasing benefits for people living with cancer. Macmillan and The NGS have worked to promote Macmillan’s ‘Move More’ physical activity campaign, highlighting how gentle exercise such as gardening can help reduce both the side effects of cancer treatment, and the risk of a cancer recurrence. The NGS has also supported this campaign by helping to create an information DVD and leaflet about gardening and cancer, and providing free seeds for schools.

In 2014, the partnership took new direction to support an estimated 12,000 people affected by cancer in the Bristol area each year. To do this, the NGS donated £500,000 towards the creation of the first NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre in Southmead Hospital, Bristol. The centre provides services including information about cancer and its treatment, supported physical activity programmes and expert dietary and nutritional advice.

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme says, “I am immensely proud that over the past 30 years, the National Gardens Scheme has made a significant difference to the support that Macmillan provides to people affected by cancer. Our garden owners and visitors have raised over £15 million to support Macmillan in its ambition to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”

He continues, “Last year signalled a new era in our partnership with the opening of the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre which has helped 1,270 patients thus far. We look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership, and once again thank our wonderful garden owners for their sterling fundraising efforts and support.”

Lynda Thomas, CEO of Macmillan Cancer Support says, “Our partnership with the NGS is invaluable and it is difficult to articulate our gratitude for their continued support of our vital work for people affected by cancer. This fantastic amount raised is an incredible contribution to the support that Macmillan offers people affected by cancer practically, medically, financially and emotionally. I’d like to extend a personal thank you to each and every NGS garden owner and visitor for helping to reach this quite marvellous milestone – Macmillan simply couldn’t do what we do, without supporters like the NGS.”

Thanks to the NGS, more than 3,800 gardens across England and Wales opened their gates to the public last year. This raised over £2.6 million for Macmillan and the other six charities the organisation supports.