Lambeth cancer patients benefit from Macmillan grants
Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support gave over a million pounds in hardship grants to people with cancer in London last year, including over £46,000 in Lambeth.
The charity’s grants are available to anyone living with cancer in London facing financial difficulties, thanks to donations from the public.
As a result of a receiving a hardship grant, around 152 Lambeth residents were able to pay for essentials; such as heating their homes, travel to hospital appointments, bedding and clothing.
UK-wide, Macmillan gave over £9.2million in hardship grants last year to help people with cancer, struggling with the pandemic’s financial impact and the unexpected costs cancer can bring.
Kris Chadwick, 44, from Tooting, was diagnosed with treatable but incurable breast cancer in 2018. She tragically also lost her husband Matt to cancer in 2013. Kris said of her Macmillan grant: “I tried to continue to work through my treatment but realised after my first round of chemotherapy that I would need to take time off work.
“On top of this I’d had to move from a house-share to a flat on my own, so my expenses were through the roof. I reached out to Macmillan financial support and the wonderful person talked me through some options.
“They also suggested I apply for a Macmillan grant to help with heating costs and to contribute towards a wig. Just knowing someone cared enough to help made me tear up.”
Macmillan grants are means-tested, one-off payments of £350 aimed at helping people living with cancer on low incomes.
There are over 1,000 cases of cancer per year in Dulwich and West Norwood alone.
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