Thursday 20th June 2013
If you’re living with cancer, you can sometimes feel powerless, like it has taken over your whole life. Feeling out of control of your finances when you’re living with cancer can be a huge worry.
At the end of 2011, we launched the Financial Guidance Service. Macmillan’s team of dedicated experts provides free, impartial guidance and support so people can make informed financial decisions and focus on what’s really important to them.
Craig Syme, one of Macmillan’s financial guides, tells us more: ‘People face all kinds of financial problems when they’re living with cancer. They might not be able to work, but they still have a mortgage to pay, heating bills might go up because of treatment, and travel costs could increase. That’s a massive challenge for anyone – let alone if you’re coping with cancer.
‘The most common issues people come to us with are pensions and early retirement, mortgage payments and insurance enquiries, including life insurance, critical illness and travel insurance. It might not be the person with cancer who calls us. It’s very often a family member or friend.’
Last year, the team spoke to more than 2,200 people, and helped achieve total financial gains of around £7.8 million. Further to the support people have received, Macmillan has received more than £10,000 in donations as a result of calls to the service.
For help making sense of their finances, people affected by cancer can call the team free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit the financial guidance section of the website. The service is available Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and Friday, 9am to 4.30pm. The general Macmillan Support Line is available on the same number, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm.