Derbyshire cancer patients get grants to help with their costs

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More than 400 Derbyshire cancer patients received grants from Macmillan in 2013 to help them with costs relating to their treatment.

New figures released by the charity showed that 405 Derbyshire patients received over £114,438 for clothing, bedding, heating bills and transport, as well as practical household items like washing machines.

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

Dr Woodward added: “Macmillan believes no-one should face cancer alone and we urge any cancer patients who are struggling financially to contact our helpline to find what support is available to them.”

For more information about financial support available to patients, call freephone 0808 808 0000.