Cancerbackup was founded in 1985 by Vicky Clement-Jones, who, even as a doctor, found herself shocked and confused when she was diagnosed with cancer. Appalled by the lack of information available to cancer patients, Vicky Clement-Jones set up Cancerbackup to ‘kick cancer out of the closet’. She produced information booklets specifically written for cancer patients, and the charity grew into the UK’s leading cancer information charity providing over 70 publications and a helpline staffed by cancer specialist nurses. Viewed as a lifeline by hundreds of thousands of cancer patients each year, Cancerbackup prided itself on being able to answer any question on any cancer.
In 1987 Cancerbackup , Vicky established a link with the late Bryan Skinner, a local businessman in Jersey, following the publication in the Lancet Medical Journal of an article he had written, as a patient, highlighting the need for a cancer information service in Jersey, and the Cancerbackup service was introduced to Jersey by the late Celia Skinner, wife of Bryan.
Nationally, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancerbackup merged in 2008, and Cancerbackup Jersey subsequently transferred all its activity to a new Jersey charity, namely Macmillan Cancer Support (Jersey) Limited, a name by which we are still known today, some 8 years on.
To find out more about the History of Cancerbackup and Macmillan Cancer Support and the merger between the two organisations go to www.macmillan.org.uk