Cash grants from Macmillan helped hundreds of cancer patients in Herts during 2013

Health news.
Health news.

Almost 350 cancer patients in Herts were given grants by the charity Macmillan to help them with costs relating to their treatment.

A total of £97,000 was dished out across the county to help with clothing costs, heating bills, transport and practical household items.

Across the UK, Macmillan awarded more than £9.6 million to patients.

The money is used to meet urgent practical needs.

“Our latest grants figures are evidence of the financial isolation that can seriously impact people living with cancer,” said Dr Fran Woodard, Macmillan Cancer Support director for England.

“To feel unable to buy the clothes you need to keep warm, for example, is an unacceptable reality for thousands of vulnerable cancer patients at a time when, on average, their income halves and their outgoings rocket.”

Applications for grants are made by patients via health or social care professionals who complete an application form on their behalf. Grants are targeted to people who have a lack of resources to fall back on and patients must fulfil certain financial criteria.

To find out more about how Macmillan can help call freephone 0808 808 0000 and to donate to the charity call 0300 1000 200 or click here