Charity helps Midlothian cancer patients during coronavirus pandemic
Cancer patients in Midlothian turned to charity for help dealing with the financial impact of cancer, amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
During 2020, Macmillan gave just over £9,500 in hardship grants to people with cancer in Midlothian, meaning more than 30 people in the area were able to pay for home comforts and essentials, such as heating their homes, travel to hospital appointments, bedding and clothing.
Macmillan grants are means-tested, one-off payments of £350 aimed at helping people living with cancer on low incomes.
Head of Macmillan in Scotland, Janice Preston, said: “At a time they should be focusing on their health, too many people with cancer are thinking about how they’ll pay their rent or afford petrol to get to hospital.
"I’m pleased that despite the substantial drop in our income due to Covid, we were able to give grants to so many people in urgent need of help.
“As well as providing one-off grants, we can also help people claim all the government benefits they are entitled to, helping them cope with the longer term impact of cancer.
"I’d urge anyone with cancer who is struggling with the unexpected cost of cancer to contact Macmillan now.”
Across Scotland Macmillan gave out £1.2 million in grants to almost 3700 people to help them pay for basic necessities.
To get support or information, including about Macmillan grants call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (open seven days a week) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.
Almost £457,000 was given out to help cancer patients stay warm, while another £370,000 was awarded to help cancer patients buy new clothes, often needed due to a change in their body shape as a result of treatment.
Around £150,000 was given to people with cancer to help them afford new beds, mattresses and bedding, while around £85,500 went to cover hospital travel costs.