Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre

Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre - supporting people affected by cancerThe latest statistics show that one in two people will develop cancer at some stage in their lives so it is not surprising that cancer is the disease people fear most. A diagnosis of cancer can lead to a range of emotions such as fear, anxiety and stress.

The Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre [LJMC] was opened in 1993. It was the first centre of its kind to offer a full service of support and information to cancer patients and their carers, helping people cope with all aspects of the disease from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.

Services include:

  • Drop-in centre
  • Telephone helpline
  • Patient information & library
  • Complementary therapies
  • Relaxation classes
  • Counselling
  • Benefits advice
  • Look Good…Feel Better® make-up workshops
  • The Way Ahead scarf tying workshops
  • Courses to help patients move on after treatment

The centre forms part of Mount Vernon Cancer Centre which has a large catchment population encompassing Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex and North London. Each year, the centre receives approximately 40,000 requests for help.

The LJMC is partially funded by the NHS but relies on voluntary donations and fundraising activities for more than 70% of its running costs. In the year 2018-19, these costs will be in excess of £650,000.

Examples of how the money you raise will be spent include:

  • £10 will pay for an information pack for a patient starting treatment
  • £20 will pay for tea and coffee for a week for patients and carers visiting the LJMC
  • £40 will pay for a complementary therapy session
  • £350 will enable us to keep the Drop-in centre open for a day

If you would like more information about the LJMC and how you can be involved, including opportunities for volunteers, please do get in touch by calling our Helpline (020 3826 2555) or visiting our website.