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Boots Macmillan Cancer Support Volunteers Attend Reception at Buckingham Palace, Hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales

09 February 2018
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Macmillan Cancer Support’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on 31 January. The event recognised and thanked exceptional volunteers for their life-changing contributions to helping people living with cancer.

The reception focused on the contribution these supporters have made, and celebrated the vital role volunteers play at Macmillan. We are delighted that six Boots UK colleagues attended the prestigious event, all of which have gone above and beyond their volunteer role.


The Six Boots UK colleagues who attended the reception, including two Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists (BMIPs), two Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors (BMBAs) and two Direct Service Volunteers (DSVs), were selected by a panel of four Macmillan Executives. They received an invitation to this prestigious event for their ongoing contributions to Macmillan Cancer Support, and the differences they are making in their local communities.

Boots UK has worked in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support since 2009, with the aim of helping everyone access the cancer information and support they need, in a place that’s every day, familiar and trusted.

Today we have 2,258 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists and 1,023 Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors, all of which are trained to help improve the lives of people living with cancer, their loved ones and their carers. 


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023