Not only are many local families and individuals across the borough struggling with the financial impact of the pandemic, but many are also facing the added worry and anxiety of dealing with a cancer diagnosis at the same time.
Macmillan professionals across London, from our Benefits Advisers to Macmillan Information and Support Centre Managers, talk to people every day with money worries because they cannot work due to their cancer treatment, and now the isolation and financial pressure of the lockdown is making things harder for many.
This is why I’m writing to let your readers impacted by cancer know help is available from Macmillan Cancer Support if they are finding it hard to make ends meet, through our hardship grants.
Macmillan grants are one-off, means tested payments for people living with cancer in London facing financial difficulties. The grants are designed to help if you are on a low income and struggling to pay everyday basics such as your heating bill, travel to hospital for treatment, clothing and bedding.
In 2020, Macmillan was able to give just over £1million in grants in London, meaning 3,300 people with cancer were able to pay for essentials such as heating their homes whilst shielding during the pandemic last year. All thanks to donations from the public.
I’d urge anyone reading who is living with cancer and struggling financially to call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 seven days a week and talk to the Macmillan Welfare Rights team (or visit macmillan.org.uk/grants).
They will be able to tell you if you are eligible for a grant and about the rest of the support on offer. Macmillan are only a phone call away and are waiting to help you, whatever it takes.
Donal Gallagher, Macmillan Cancer Support, Strategic Partnership Manager, London