Cancer sufferers can turn to support from Macmillan Grants
The cancer support charity Macmillan has the ability to provide grants for people living with cancer. These grants have been accessible through the charity since 1924 so that people who suffer with cancer can be financially stable in their condition or for various other reasons. These grants on average £500 will help out 700 people each week in a small but significant way.
The main aim of the grant is to give extra money to cancer patients who incur extra costs due to the disease and to improve their overall quality of life and comfort while they have cancer.
Some examples of uses include:
- Buying new clothes because of changes in size or body shape
- Furniture purchases that could be a result of a need for an adaptation to improve safety or comfort e.g. in the bathroom
- Paying for the rise in heating bills as chemotherapy treatment increases the likeliness of you feeling the cold more
- A short holiday in the UK to maintain a healthy mental health and improve well-being during or after treatment
Macmillan grants are available for people living with cancer, or the consequences of treatment. However, there is financial criteria that needs to be met so that Macmillan know if the money is necessary
- Less than £6000 in savings (or £8000 pounds for a couple or family)
- Low weekly income. After paying rent or mortgage and council tax, a maximum of £170 for a single person, £289 for a couple, plus £85 for each dependent child and £119 for any additional adult
To apply for Macmillan grants you need the support of a healthcare professional who can give you a reference. Furthermore, supporting evidence is vital to ensure that you’re in need of the grant for specific financial reasons.