Douglas Macmillan's link to Sidcup has been commemorated by Bexley Civic Society with the unveiling of a new plaque at the house where he lived in Knoll Road. The founder of Macmillan Cancer Care lived in Sidcup for over 40 years during which time the foundations of the charity were developed.
James Brokenshire joined the Mayor of Bexley and representatives from Bexley Civic Society and Macmillan Cancer Care at the house for a special ceremony to mark the occasion. The charity which Douglas Macmillan started in 1911 now funds over 4,000 dedicated health and social care professionals. Last year Macmillan helped over 450,000 cancer patients together with their families and carers.
Commenting James Brokenshire said:
"It is incredible to think that from a semi-detached house in Sidcup, Douglas Macmillan helped pilot the development of an incredible organisation which now provides care and support to hundreds of thousands of people each year. His house is a living piece of history on our doorsteps and the Bexley Civic Society deserves a great deal of credit for highlighting Macmillan's life in this way."