Charity helps out hundreds

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MORE than 400 people in Hampshire were given financial help by a cancer charity.

Macmillan Cancer Support gave 453 cancer patients urgent grants to help with treatment costs and keeping up with regular payments.

Patients in the county received £131,426 for essentials such as heating bills, clothing and transport costs.

It also went towards practical household items like recliner chairs – an increase of 13 per cent on the year before.

Sinead Parry, Macmillan centre manager in Queen Alexandra Hospital, said: ‘The grants figures demonstrate the dramatic financial impact cancer has on the lives of patients and their loved ones.

‘People undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment should not have the additional worry of how to pay for absolute basics such as heating their home, or bedding to keep warm.’

For more information about financial support available to patients, call 0808 808 0000.