Breast Cancer Haven has been awarded a grant of £47,000 to help fund their Welfare, Benefits and Money Advice Service. This vital advice and information service helps women with breast cancer to cope with the financial problems arising from their condition.
Tackling the financial impact of cancer
There are an estimated 55,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK, including 350 men. Four out of five of them will be affected financially, with average costs of £570 a month, including loss of income and travel to hospital. A third of patients are losing £860 a month in earnings as they are unable to work.
This service has been extremely popular and has made a huge difference to the lives of many vulnerable patients and their families. Since the service first began in May 2012, the advisor has helped 853 cancer patients and secured close to £450,000 for them. In 2018 alone, she worked with 154 patients and secured over £52,000.
Tackling the emotional impact of cancer
These financial pressures come at the worst possible time, as patients are coping with a life-threatening illness as well as trying to keep life as normal as possible for children and other family members. Investigating entitlement to benefits, filling in forms and appealing against decisions is an exhausting process, which is often combined with pressure from banks and mortgage lenders.
London freemasons visit Breast Cancer Haven
The grant from London freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Hannah Daws, Fundraising & Communications Director at Breast Cancer Haven, said:
“We’re very grateful to London freemasons for their generous grant, which will make a huge difference to the lives of many vulnerable patients and their families. Having cancer is hard enough, but when you are living on very little money and not knowing where to turn, it can be desperately tough. Our new Welfare Benefits and Money Adviser is providing vital individual money advice and information, available free to cancer patients across the UK.”
Adrian Fox from London freemasons said:
“I’m very pleased we were able to help Breast Cancer Haven. Thanks to them, people can concentrate on dealing with the problems of cancer rather than the problems of poverty.”