3 June 2014
Phil, the new Macmillan Welfare Benefits Adviser in Harrogate
Four in five cancer patients are hit with an average cost of £570 a month as a result of their illness.
The physical and emotional impact of cancer is hard enough without the additional burden of money worries.
Macmillan is looking to raise £108,000 to cover the cost of the Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Adviser in Harrogate for the first three years. And we need your help to do it.
Phil is the new Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Adviser in Harrogate. He provides specialist advice to ease these concerns, including information on benefits, tax credits and grants.
He's available face-to-face or over the phone and can help work out what financial help a patient and their family are entitled to.
How you can help
Here are three easy ways for you to help:
If you're part of a group, company or organisation and would like to support our fundraising, we would also like to hear from you. Together, we can make a difference to people living with cancer in Harrogate.
More about Macmillan in Harrogate
The Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Adviser is based within the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.
The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre is an outpatient oncology centre providing state of the art consulting,chemotherapy treatment and support services.The development has been made possible through an investment of £9 million, provided by Macmillan, Sir Robert Ogden and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.
As of early April 2014, Phil had helped 143 people, claiming more than £421,000 in benefits and grants for them.Among them was father-of-two Paul Bull,from Harrogate, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer. As a self-employed printer, he struggled to make ends meet as cancer left him unable to work again.
Paul was in hospital for five weeks. His weight plummeted by five stone and he worried about how he would provide for his family - partner Kirsty and children, nine-year-old Olivia and Emily, 10 months.
While the 40-year-old was in hospital, Phil was able to apply for benefit payments and also arrange a £300 Macmillan grant - a one-off payment which, in this case, was used by Paul to buy new clothes to fit his slimmer frame.
Paul said, 'I didn’t know I could claim for anything before I was introduced to Phil. Without his support, I would have really struggled to provide for my family and keep a roof over their heads. I can’t thank him enough for his support. He managed to cut through the red tape that seems to exist around benefits and sorted it all out for me by the time I was out of hospital.'