Macmillan takeover day raises over £3,000 for local cancer patients

On Saturday the 28 May 2016 Macmillan Support turned the town of Harrogate green for their annual Takeover Day, and raised over £3,000 for local people affected by .

With the support of local businesses including Boots, Nando’s and Berwins Solicitors, the cancer smashed their total from last year to raise even more funds and vital awareness of their work locally.

Michaela Ryder, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in Harrogate said:

We were completely blown away by the support and generosity of everyone in Harrogate. So far we’ve raised £3111.22 for local services, and we’ve still got money coming in from local businesses and shops who took part in the day!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came down to support us, and to our amazing of volunteers. We’re proud of every single one of them who dressed up, painted themselves green, and collected with a big smile all day… we couldn’t have done it without them!


Scarlet Bolton from Harrogate was one the volunteers who supported Macmillan on the day.

Scarlet said:

Harrogate Takeover has been my favourite Macmillan event to be involved in. It was great fun to get out on the streets and spread a bit of love and joy to people, baking cakes and having a laugh with fellow volunteers, friends and family.

Macmillan is 98% funded by voluntary donations, so events like Takeover are a crucial part of the organisation. I recently lost my Mum to cancer so volunteering is my way of making sure that I can make a difference. The help, support and love that not only my Mum but my whole family received from Macmillan was astounding, and I will be forever grateful.

If you weren’t able to donate on the day but would like to support the work of Macmillan locally, you can still donate online at  or by texting HGTD66 £5 to 70070.

Michaela Ryder of Macmillans with Andrew Jones MP
Michaela Ryder of Macmillans with MP
Clara White from Macmillans, Councillor Nick Brown, the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate and Hollie Marcham of Berwins Solicitors

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