After being diagnosed with terminal bowel, stomach, and liver cancer, Robert was told that he had less than a year to live.
“My immediate worry when the doctor told me what was going to happen was for my family. We’ve always been a month-to-month family, and being self-employed, I was worried how we would be able to pay our bills. I’d no longer be able to work as a painter-decorator, so there was a question as to how my family would be able to afford basic things.
“My lodge Almoner and brother-in-law contacted the MCF on my behalf while I was in hospital. Just a few days later, a grant was paid into my bank account to cover two months of mortgage payments – this bridged the gap until my life insurance paid out.
“The MCF also provides termly grants to support my two step-daughters, as well as my ex-wife and daughter who is currently studying at university. In a way, I suppose the MCF are just taking over from me in supporting my family.