Message from our Charity Partner


We would like to ask everyone to take the time and read the message below from our Charity Partner in our Centenary year,  hopefully this will give you some insight in to what work Macmillan do and what they are trying to achieve and hope that you will do all you can to support the Northern Ireland Private Greens Bowling League at its various events throughout the Centenary year to raise as much funding as possible and by using the donation cans sent to each club at the start of the season.


Every day 30 people in Northern Ireland receive the devastating news that they have cancer. However, advances in diagnosis and treatment in recent decades mean that more people are living with and surviving beyond cancer.

We know that by 2020 almost 1 in 2 people (47%) will get cancer in their lifetime, but almost 4 in 10 (38%) will not die from the disease. By 2030, the number of people living with cancer will fill the Belfast’s SSE Arena over 10 times. Macmillan’s research has also shown that 70% of people with cancer are also living with at least one other potentially serious long-term health condition.

Better survival rates are to be celebrated, but they also present the challenge of increasing care and support needs. We work in partnership with government and service providers such as individual Health and Social Care Trust’s to ensure that more people living with cancer receive the right support.


Over the next 5 years, Macmillan is investing £5million to create 60 new Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and support worker roles across the five Health and Social Care Trusts.

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists work at the front line of cancer care, providing patient support during and after treatment.  They are the main point of contact for patients and their families, play a vital role in the coordination of care, and ensure that patients get the holistic support they need to meet their clinical, emotional and even financial needs.

We have been campaigning for over ten years to ensure that everyone who is diagnosed with cancer has access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist. The new workforce plan is a major step towards this goal and we will be contributing around £7 million over the next five years to support its implementation.


  • £28 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
  • £70 could help run a large Macmillan information and Support Centre for one hour.
  • £170 could fund a Macmillan nurse for a day.
  • £900 could pay for a Macmillan social worker or family support worker for a week.
  • £1,900 could fund 10 Macmillan Palliative Care nurses for a day