Nationwide Building Society and Macmillan have been working together for over 20 years, making the partnership one of Macmillan’s longest. During this time, Nationwide employees and customers have raised more than £6.8 million, which has gone towards improving the lives of people affected by cancer.
In 2014, our partnership with Nationwide was awarded Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Financial Institution at the Charity Times Awards. This was in recognition of the funding provided by Nationwide for Macmillan financial grants. These grants aim to support people affected by cancer who are experiencing difficulties with mortgage and rental arrears.
Our partnership with Nationwide continues to develop as we’re aware of the financial impact of cancer and the role the financial sector can play in supporting those affected. Nationwide now part-funds the Macmillan Financial Guidance Service which supports people affected by cancer in navigating the financial services sector and improving their financial capability. In 2014, it provided advice to 4,682 people affected by cancer, through 15,452 interventions and identified £2.9 million in financial gains.
We’re also working together to pilot a Specialist Support Service for Nationwide members affected by cancer. This is a first for the financial services sector, designed to provide free, tailored and confidential support. Each member of the team has received training from Macmillan and is able to talk in detail about Nationwide’s products and services.
‘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.’ Craig Syme, one of Macmillan’s financial guides
For further details on the partnership, contact Cat Morton on 0207 091 2497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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