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By Fiona Reid
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Patients helped with hardship grants

CANCER patients in Dumfries and Galloway turned to charity for help dealing with the financial impact of cancer, amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

During 2020 Macmillan gave just over £38,000 in hardship grants to people with cancer in Dumfries and Galloway, meaning over 110 people in the area were able to pay for home comforts and essentials, such as heating their homes, travel to hospital appointments, bedding and clothing.

Macmillan grants are means-tested, one-off payments of £350 aimed at helping people living with cancer on low incomes.

Head of Macmillan in Scotland, Janice Preston, said: “I’m pleased that despite the substantial drop in our income due to covid, we were able to give grants to so many people in urgent need of help.

“I’d urge anyone with cancer who is struggling with the unexpected cost of cancer to contact Macmillan now.”

To get support or information, including about Macmillan grants call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (open seven days a week) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk

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