CANCER patients in Derbyshire have received more than £114,438 in grants for clothing, bedding, heating bills, transport and household items, a charity has revealed.
New figures from Macmllan Cancer Support show that more than 400 sufferers in 2013 were given funding to help with costs relating to their cancer treatment and, across the UK, more patients were helped with clothing than with any other cost arising from having cancer.
This was followed by grants to help with the cost of fuel bills and grants to help with travel to and from hospital for treatment.
Dr Fran Woodard, 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.”
Macmillan has found that applications for grants to cover travel costs have continued to rise. It could be the patient needs to travel long distances for treatment due to rural isolation or because their cancer needs to be treated at a specialised site which could be far from home.
Macmillan awarded more than £9.6million to over 32,500 patients in the UK in 2013 and the programme gives payments to cancer patients who are in need of immediate help.