4 March 2014
Caseworkers at HMCAS are based at nine locations across Hampshire.
The Hampshire Macmillan Citizens Advice Service (HMCAS) helped over 2,000 people affected by cancer access £4.76 million in financial support in 2013.
The team of caseworkers operate across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and gave advice and support mostly on benefits, grants and written-off debts.
'People living with cancer and their families often experience financial hardship, usually brought about by a drop in income and the many additional expenses incurred due to the illness,' said Sue Alford, Service Manager at HMCAS. 'We help address these needs and worries by providing free, confidential and impartial advice on benefits, employment issues, money matters, housing and travel.'
The service has gone from strength to strength since it started in September 2009. It helped one lady, from Winchester, apply for a grant in 2013 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
'After I had chemotherapy my hair started falling out. I was upset as it was wonderfully long and losing it made me so insecure. But HMCAS helped me apply for a grant for a wig that resembled my hair before I started treatment. I was so pleased as it gave me the confidence to start socialising and seeing my friends again.'
Helped by a team of volunteers, HMCAS runs outreaches in seven hospitals across the county as well as three hospices, two cancer support centres and two libraries. They’re also able to visit people at home, on wards, see them at their local CAB or talk over the phone.
Find out how to contact the HMCAS.