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World Cancer Day: How Boots and Macmillan support those living with cancer

02 February 2023
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This World Cancer Day (4 February), Boots is supporting the global initiative to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.

Now in its fourteenth year, the award-winning partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support allows our team members to provide cancer support, expert advice and care every day through our Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists (BMIPs) and Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors (BMBAs).


Through Boots’ expertise in delivering healthcare and beauty information combined with Macmillan’s experience in supporting people living with cancer, Boots team members are able to help thousands of people on the high street and through online support services.

As the largest community pharmacy in the UK, Boots has also worked with the NHS to provide our award-winning Palliative Care service, which sees 2,000 Boots stores stocking the most commonly prescribed medicines for terminally ill patients. BMIPs have been given additional training to advise and direct those accessing this free specialist service.

Watch this video from Claire Nevinson, Boots Superintendent Pharmacist as she explains more about the Boots Macmillan partnership.


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 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 31 May 2024