Record in cancer support

A record number of patients in Northumberland have received financial help from Macmillan Cancer Support.

New figures from the charity show that £46,949 was given to patients in the county last year to help pay for heating bills, clothing, transport and practical household items, such as washing machines.

The total marks a 4.8 per cent increase on 2013.

Nationally, more than £10million in grants was awarded to 33,011 people. More patients were helped with clothing than other cost arising from having cancer, followed by grants for fuel bills and travel to and from hospital for treatment.

Research by Macmillan has found that four out of five people are on average £570 a month worse off financially as a result of cancer diagnosis due to loss of income and increased outgoings.

Macmillan Cancer Support General Manager for Northern England Fay Scullion said: “Our latest grant figures demonstrate the dramatic financial impact cancer has on the lives of patients and their loved ones.

“In 2014 Macmillan helped more people than ever before as we continued to work to ensure that nobody faces cancer alone.

“People undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment should not have the additional worry of how to pay for absolute basics.”

For information about support call 0808 808 0000. To donate call 0300 100 0200.