Who are Al’s Pals?

Al’s Pals is named after Alan Dumbell who received cancer treatment at Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH)

Alan noticed that throughout his treatment, although he was surrounded by his loving family he still felt very lonely and lost at times, and he often discussed having a ‘buddy’ to support and help him where he felt things were missing. It is his legacy to have a cancer buddy scheme like this.


We would love to hear from you. If you would like to become a volunteer then please feel free to enquire online or contact us direct at info@alspals.org.uk or on 07745 601047

If you would like to use our service

We would love to hear from you, If you would like to find out more about our service and how we can help you then please get in touch at info@alspals.org.uk or on 07745 601047

Our volunteers

Our volunteers understand the needs of someone who has cancer and how this can affect the lives of family members as well as their own life.

How we can help

Al’s Pals is a service that supports patients and their families in hospital and at home. We offer support, companionship, empathy and a listening ear to any cancer patient or loved one from the start of their cancer journey through to the end. 

Where will your money go?

Your money goes towards running our vital services and enabling our charity to grow and develop in other areas/regions. We also provide bespoke gifts and afternoon teas to patients to brighten their day and take their mind off their diagnosis and treatment.

Some Interesting Statistics

New cases of cancer nationally (2014 - 2016 average)


Survive cancer for 10 or more years

Cancer cases in Milton Keynes (September 2018)

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