Argyll cancer sufferers receive £33,300 from Macmillan

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Macmillan Cancer Support gave about £33,300 in grants to people with cancer in Argyll in 2018, thanks to the hard work of volunteers, including Kintyre’s.

About £21,100 helped people pay for heating or clothing, while £3,030 was given to people struggling to cover travelling costs to and from hospital.

Having cancer can make patients feel the cold more and many spend more time at home between treatments so it is essential that they keep warm.

The grants also covered the costs of other essentials to help manage the impact of having cancer, such as beds, chairs, kitchen appliances and washing machines.

Four out of five people living with cancer experience a financial impact, with the average in Scotland being £420 a month.

Increased costs can happen because people with cancer’s income goes down while their costs for things such as heating and travelling go up.

In total, the charity gave grants to 4,900 people with cancer in Scotland last year, with Glasgow having the highest number of recipients.

Grants were most commonly given to people living with breast cancers in Scotland.

Janice Preston, head of services (Scotland) for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: ‘Half of us will get cancer at some point in our lives, so I’m pleased Macmillan awarded around £33,300 in grants last year to ease their money worries of people with cancer in Argyll and Bute.

‘Cancer can affect so many parts of your life and our Macmillan grants, funded by our supporters, covered essentials from heating to travel costs for more than 200 people with cancer in Argyll and Bute in 2018 helping to make money one less worry.

‘Grants are just one way Macmillan is there for people with cancer. Thanks to the public’s support and I’d urge anyone with cancer to get in touch to find out how we can support you.’

To find out more, call the Macmillan support line for free on 0808 808 0000 or visit macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries

Macmillan is funded almost entirely by donations and grants are only possible thanks to its supporters.

To join the Kintyre branch of fundraisers, contact Wilma Stevenson on 01586 553065.