In 1897, thirteen year old Douglas Macmillan began his education at Sidcot School where he received prizes for his essays and work in photography. He left the school in 1900 having served as Head Boy.
Just 10 years later, he watched his father die of cancer. His father’s pain and suffering moved Douglas so much, he founded the ‘Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer’ with a £10 gift given to him by his father.
Douglas wanted advice and information to be provided to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes.
Today much of Douglas’ legacy lives on. Macmillan is still a source of support for people living with cancer today and Sidcot is still a school proud to be producing students determined to change the world.