Smiley Charity Film of the Year 2022

Whatever It Takes’ – a powerful film by Macmillan Cancer Support showcasing how staff are compassionate companions to those living with cancer – has won Charity Film of the Year at the 5th Smiley Charity Film Awards.

The 2-minute film features Macmillan staff doing “whatever it takes” to support those who face the daily challenges of living with cancer – from hugs, to hand-holding, to making them smile.

Key moments in the film include a staff helping a crying girl who sees her dad’s new scar for the first time, or someone making an elderly man undergoing treatment laugh in his bed.

The film reminds us of the strength of health workers to help get people living with cancer, and their families, through each day. It was launched in early 2021, amid the Covid-19 lockdown, and directed by Jonathan Alric.

The film was scored highly by judges, and crowned with the grand prix trophy during the Awards ceremony in ODEON Luxe, Leicester Square.

About the charity

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. It also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care.

“Because cancer can affect your life in so many ways, we do whatever it takes to give people the support they need,” they say.

Their ‘Whatever It Takes’ film has been viewed nearly one million times on YouTube.

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