21 March 2014
The Macmillan Benefits and Financial Advice team in Manchester celebrate reaching their £30M milestone
The team has helped people affected by cancer in Manchester claim more than £30 million in government benefits and Macmillan Grants in the last seven years.
The team of five, who deliver the Macmillan benefits and financial advice service across the city of Manchester, help people to cope with additional financial burdens such as expensive hospital travel costs and increased fuel bills as a result of treatment.
Delivered through North Manchester General Hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary, the service was set up by Macmillan in 2006 in response to figures that showed 91% of people affected by cancer in the city were under financial strain as a result of their diagnosis.
The service has supported 5,980 people living in Manchester in the last seven years, including Claudia Jagger who lost her husband Rob to cancer in June.
Claudia is 36 and originally from Romania but she now lives in Benchill in Manchester. She didn’t know where to turn for financial help when she lost her husband and was also trying to look after her 6-year-old son, Darius, and care for mother who has mental health issues.
But Macmillan advice worker Glenn Dawson was there to support her. He has personally helped people affected by cancer in Manchester claim more than £10 million in government benefits and Macmillan Grants.
Julie Atkin-Ward, Macmillan's Development Manager for South Manchester, said: 'This service has been a huge success and is a fantastic achievement for the benefits team working across Manchester. Money worries are the last thing you need when you’re facing the toughest fight of your life. Whether it’s help filling in benefits forms that you need, or money to fix essential household items, we’re there for people affected by cancer in Manchester every step of the way.'