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Macmillan Cancer Support Reports 70% of Brits Don’t Have A Will

Macmillan Cancer Support has revealed that nearly half of the nation (46%) admit they don’t like to talk about death at all and feel uncomfortable talking about their will. Two thirds (65%) say they haven’t even discussed the subject with close friends or family.

The survey of 2,000 people also revealed that seven in ten (70%) have not even written a will or made plans for what they’ll leave behind. To support the launch of ‘Will Aid Month’, Macmillan Cancer Support has partnered with Jasmine Birtles, financial expert and founder of Moneymagpie.com, to provide a set of tips on will writing, so people can ensure that all they care about and the causes that matter to them the most, are looked after.

Nine in ten (87%) are aware that they can leave a gift to charity in their will however only 38% would. Gifts in wills currently accounts for over 1/3 of Macmillan’s funding, but only 7% of the UK population supports charities with a gift in their will. This compares to over 70% who support charities in their lifetime.

Sarah Lee, Legacies Manager at Macmillan commented: “Legacy giving is surrounded by many myths and misunderstandings which stop people from actively considering supporting charities in this way. By raising awareness of the ways in which people can leave gifts to charities in their wills we want to overcome these so that will-writing is discussed more openly and honestly. Gifts in wills are so important for Macmillan, large or small every gift makes a difference, we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Jasmine Birtles highlights the importance of making a will and keeping it updated as personal circumstances change. She said: “If you don’t write a will, it can leave distressing, and often expensive problems for those who are left behind. It could also mean that people you wanted to look after end up being left out. I am supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in this matter because I want to encourage people to think about their will and make sure their assets go to people and causes they care about.”

For more information on legacy giving, support on will writing or just a chat, interested parties can visit www.macmillan.org.uk/legacies or call Macmillan on 0800 107 4448.

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TV Favourite Jo Brand Puts Her Best Foot Forward For Macmillan Cancer Support

Britain’s best-loved comedienne and TV favourite Jo Brand has joined forces with her co-star Joanna Scanlan and director Peter Capaldi, for a brand new comedy film (54 seconds) to launch Macmillan Cancer Support’s new ‘Move More’ campaign.

The film sees Jo Brand running around South London, in what looks like some hardcore marathon training. She eventually runs into her kitchen with Joanna Scanlan and produces a pint of milk; it then becomes clear she only ran to the corner shop.

Renowned actor and director, Peter Capaldi, joined the funny twosome, and provided the voiceover for the film reuniting him with the two lead stars of his Bafta award winning nursing comedy, ‘Getting On’.

Jo Brand said: “People will look at me and go, ‘why’s that fat, unfit, menopausal, middle-aged woman telling us what to do? She surely never takes any exercise.’ Well you’re wrong there, because I do.

“I’m just trying to spread the word and upturn the myth that actually you should be resting after cancer treatment. You shouldn’t, you should be getting out and doing any kind of exercise you can. You don’t have to run a marathon, but you just have to up your activity levels.”

As part of the ‘Move More’ campaign, Macmillan Cancer Support is publishing startling new research that shows health professionals are not telling cancer patients about the many benefits of physical activity post-treatment. Doing enough physical activity after cancer reduces effects of treatment and can even reduce the risk of mortality and recurrence.

A free ‘getting started’ pack to help ease people into physical activity after cancer treatment, including a seed pack from The National Gardens Scheme, to encourage gardening as a way to get active, is now available fromwww.macmillan.org.uk/movemore. Those affected by the disease can also interact with the online cancer community on the Macmillan website.

The film and the behind the scenes film can be viewed atwww.macmillan.org.uk/movemore and youtube.com/macmillancancer.

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npower Sponsored Basketball Team, Worcester Wolves, Will Be Making Their Opponents Green With Envy As They Revamp Their Warm-Up Strip And Shoot For Macmillan In A Charity Fundraiser Match

The team has joined with club sponsors npower in becoming a lean, green, fighting machine, raising awareness and vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support when they meet the Sheffield Sharks at their last home game of the season on 19th April. The game tips at 4pm at the Wolves’ home venue at the University of Worcester.

Fans will be invited to join in the fun, with giant Macmillan foam hands and Macmillan merchandise on sale, a blind auction and a shoot-out for a pound per play at half-time, with proceeds going to the cancer charity.

In addition to the fundraising activity, npower has pledged to donate £50 for every three pointer scored during the match by the Worcester Wolves.

Worcester Wolves’ head coach, Skouson Harker, said: “We are delighted to be able to back such a worthwhile cause. The team is busy gearing up to go out on court in green, and hard at work to make sure we get the most out of npower’s three-pointer pledge.”

Spokesperson for Macmillan, Emily Leggett, said: “This charity match is an ideal way to get our messages out to the community about the range of services we offer to help people affected by cancer. With as little as a pound, we can make sure our information reaches one more person, and that could make all the difference.”

As club sponsor and partner to Macmillan, npower has previously worked with the Wolves in a range of fundraising initiatives, including coffee mornings and sporting events.

Carol Hart, community involvement manager at npower, said: “We will be rooting for the Wolves on Sunday as they raise money for Macmillan, and hopefully win the match, by racking up those three-pointers.”

1. Macmillan Cancer Research has been npower’s charity partner since 2004, with a partnership valued at £2.6 million.

2. Worcester Wolves club sponsor npower is the supplier of green energy to Wembley Stadium and the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. npower also sponsors the Test Match Series in England, Women’s Test Series, the Twenty20 Cup and the Village Cup.

About npower:
npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

The npower Active programme, which is run in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Silver Big Tick’ by Business in the Community.

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