Macmillan plea for patients to get grant help

Secretary Pat Canfield, treasurer Gary Callow and chairman Annie Callow have set up a new Spiritualists' National Union (SNU) Pioneer Centre in Manea.
Secretary Pat Canfield, treasurer Gary Callow and chairman Annie Callow have set up a new Spiritualists' National Union (SNU) Pioneer Centre in Manea.

A cancer charity is urging people affected by cancer in Fenland to get in touch, as there may be grant help available to them.

Macmillan Cancer Support made the plea after new figures revealed the charity helped a record number of people from Cambridgeshire last year – with 244 cancer patients receiving a Macmillan grant to help them with costs arising from their treatment.

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Figures released by the charity also highlight the financial isolation that often follows a cancer diagnosis.

Cambridgeshire patients received more than £77,800 in 2014 for vital essentials such as heating bills, clothing and transport costs, as well as practical household items like washing machines.

More patients were helped with clothing than with any other costs, followed by fuel bills and the cost of traveling to and from hospital for treatment.

Macmillan’s research, called ‘Cancer’s Hidden Price Tag’, also found that four-out-of-five people are, on average, £570 a month worse off as a result of a cancer diagnosis.

Fenland residents affected by cancer, who are struggling with such costs, can get in touch with the charity to see if they are eligible for grant help through the Macmillan support line on freephone 0808 808 0000. Lines are open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 8pm.

Alternatively, you can visit one of the Macmillan information and support centres based at Peterborough City Hospital or Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, or the website at: www.macmillan.org.uk