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This page has information about cancer charities offering grants to people with cancer and their families. They each have different conditions for their grants and we have outlined those here.

 

Macmillan Cancer Support

Provides one-off grants for people with cancer who have a low income and savings. The support provided by Macmillan aims to complement that available from Social Services and Social Security. You may apply for financial help for home helps, child-minders, home nursing, travel to and from hospital, holidays, heating, clothing, bedding, telephone installation and bills.

To qualify, you must have cancer, or still be affected by your illness or treatment and

  • Have no more than £6,000 in savings if you are single, or £8,000 as a couple or family
  • Have less than £170 a week disposable income if you are single, or £289 for a couple, plus £85 per child or £119 for each additional adult in the household (if their income is relevant)

To work out your disposable income, take away from the money you have coming in, your rent or mortgage, council tax, insurance, child maintenance and water rates, and divide the amount you have left by the number of people living in your household.

Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance don't count as part of your disposable income.  A healthcare professional, such as a Macmillan nurse, district nurse, doctor or social worker, has to refer you for a grant. This is to streamline the application process for the charity so that they can arrange your support as quickly and efficiently as possible. Once the grant has been approved, Macmillan aim to get it out to you within 3 days. This grant does not affect any Government benefits you get.

Macmillan Cancer Support
89 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7UQ

Head office: 0207 840 7840
Information line: 0808 808 00 00 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 8pm) Information is available in other languages.
Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

 

Leukaemia Care

Financial assistance for those suffering from leukaemia and related blood disorders who may be experiencing financial distress. You must either be within 4 years of being diagnosed. Or if you've been bereaved, this should be within 2 years. Support consists of discretionary small grants to help with household costs, bills and travel to and from hospital. The support is for families in need when state support is either inadequate or delayed. In practice, they mainly give vouchers, so that you can free up money for other bills you may have to meet. If you are asking for help with funeral costs, money is paid direct to the funeral director. Grants generally take between 14 and 30 days to process.

To apply, ring the CAREline to get an application form.

Leukaemia Care
One Birch Court
Blackpole East
Worcester
WR3 8SG
Phone: 01905 755977
CAREline: 0808 8010 444 (24 hours)

Email: care@leukaemiacare.org.uk
Website: www.leukaemiacare.org.uk

 

Brain Tumour UK

Brain Tumour UK provide one-off grants of up to £300 to those diagnosed with a brain tumour and their carers.  The aim of their fund is to help people enjoy an improved quality of life and independence in the community. You have to submit an application form and supporting documents for your claim.  The Fund's assessment panel will then assess your claim.  There is no age limit.

Examples of the sort of things they fund include contribution towards holiday costs, a fridge, freezer or washing machine, newspaper subscriptions or clothing.  They do not usually fund costs associated with hospital discharge.  They will only cover wheelchair and equipment costs if you have already tried local services.  You must give quotes of the likely cost of what you wish to buy when you apply and the quote must be less than 3 months old.  There is a section on the application form for your health professional to fill in.  This must be signed and dated within 3 months of the date you apply to the fund.  They aim to process applications within 10 to 14 days of receiving them.

Applications should be sent to:

Brain Tumour UK
Tower House 
Latimer Park
Chesham
Bucks HP5 1TU

Tel: 0845 4500 386
Email: support@braintumouruk.org.uk
Website: www.braintumouruk.org.uk

 

Charis Grants Ltd.

Charis manages trust funds on behalf of a number of utility companies. The aim of the trusts is to help vulnerable people who are in debt and are having difficulty paying their bills. The grants they offer can help to

  • Clear debt for your home gas, electricity and water bills
  • Clear debt for any other household bills such as council tax and rent arrears
  • Buy essential household items such as white goods which includes washing machines
  • Contribute to funeral expenses

To make an application you need to be a customer of the company offering the grant. Each company has a separate application form. The grants and the amount they offer also varies. If you have debt with more than one company then Charis will assess if you can apply for grants offered by the other companies.

You can find details of the companies offering grants on the Charis website homepage. You can get a grant application form by clicking on the relevant company logo or by called the phone number below.

Charis Grants Ltd
Midgate House
Midgate
Peterborough
PE1 1TN

www.charisgrants.com
Email: admin@charisgrants.com
Phone: 01733 421 021

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Updated: 5 October 2012