Ellie’s Friends is a service run by Maggie's centres. We are dedicated to improving the lives people with cancer, all around the UK. We provide frequent gifts from caring businesses and individuals, to offset some of the financial and psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis.

Being diagnosed with cancer is just the start of an incredibly difficult experience – there are so many pressures that are rarely mentioned: the financial impact of having to give up work, paying for trips to the hospital, healthier food; the eternal boredom and depression that sets in during recovery from chemo.

We help to reinstate ‘treats’ and give our registered users a bit of a lift at a difficult time. From days out with friends or family to special packages delivered in the post, we do what we can to continue the vision of Ellie Jeffery, who wanted to “Make the Big C Smaller.”

"Theatre tickets gave us both a real treat, and something other than hospital trips to look forward to"
Jason, 44, Living with Myeloma. Read some more testimonials here.

You can read more about how freebies help here.

Who can use Ellie’s Friends?

Gifts are available to anybody either in active cancer treatment or recovering from cancer treatment. Registration is easy, with a photograph required of a recent medical letter.

Visit our freebies page to see the selection of gifts currently available. Many of our gifts are repeating offers – we select a winner by random selection each month and unsuccessful applicants are free to apply again the following month. To stay up to date, follow us on social media or sign up to our newsletter.

To get involved with fundraising, or to volunteer and help us to source new gifts, please visit our get involved page.

Who can give a gift?

Anyone who would like give away a product or a service can sign up directly or contact us (info@elliesfriends.org) and we will create a listing for you. Our current friends include River Island, Nando’s, Give-a-Book and Decca Records.

If a user redeems a service or product for more than one person (event tickets, free meals for two, hotel accommodation) they are free to take anyone they wish.

Who Are We?

Ellie’s Friends is an initiative that was established by The Eleanor Rose Foundation, which in turn was set up by the fiancée and friends of Ellie Jeffery, who died of secondary breast cancer aged 29.

The charity received official registered status from the Charities Commission in May 2013 and patrons included Ellie’s former oncologist Professor Justin Stebbing and Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham.

In January Ellie's Friends merged with Maggie's, to provide the best possible support to adults living with cancer in the UK.

Maggie’s provides free practical and emotional support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need.

What does this mean for our users and supporters?

The Ellie’s Friends website will continue to function as usual until we can fully integrate our services with Maggie’s. We will communicate any changes, and we will be reaching more adults in need of support.

Who Was Ellie?

Ellie was born in Middlesbrough in 1983 and attended secondary school in Marske and Guisborough in North Yorkshire before studying broadcast journalism at Leeds University.

She was a determined and dedicated journalist and quickly progressed from reading the news on local radio to reporting for Tyne Tees Television before going on to work in London and Sky and ITN as both reporter and producer.

She was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2010 and it was after her diagnosis with secondary metastases of the bone in May 2011 that Ellie started a blog, Written Off, in which she described her experiences and feelings as she underwent a number of debilitating treatments.

Although Ellie passed away on May 18th 2012 she will never be forgotten by anyone who met her.