Charity's hardship grant helps almost 50 cancer patients in Bedford during Covid-19 pandemic

"A Macmillan grant can help pay for the little things that make a big difference"

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 1:24 pm

Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support gave more than £13,000 in hardship grants to help people living with cancer.

The charity’s grants are available to anyone struggling with the pandemic’s financial impact and the unexpected costs cancer can bring.

During 2020, Macmillan gave more than £61,400 to people with cancer in Bedfordshire, meaning more than 200 people in the county were able to pay for home comforts and essentials, such as heating their homes, travel to hospital appointments, bedding and clothing.

A Macmillan welfare rights adviser

Out of that 200 - more than £13,100 was given to 46 people in Bedford, thanks to donations from the public.

Councillor David Shelvey, executive member for corporate resources at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The sad truth is that more than a third of people with cancer are severely financially impacted by their diagnosis, with many now having to deal with the double blow of being diagnosed during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a devastating reality to contend with and many are simply unaware of the support that exists.

“A Macmillan grant can help pay for the little things that make a big difference to the lives of people with cancer – paying for replacement washing machines, covering the heating bill, buying a blender for someone whose treatment makes it hard to eat normally. But applying for these grants is just one of the ways the Macmillan Welfare Rights team can help."