In addition to being emotionally devastating, we understand that cancer can cause financial difficulties. This is why through our Cancer Recovery Foundation Fund, we  help cancer patients with money towards overdue utility bills, council tax, telephone bills, travel (for the patient only) and rent.

This year the demand for our grants has been extremely high and as such we have now exhausted our budget for 2016, despite increasing the grant fund by 20% this year. Therefore regrettably the Cancer Recovery Fund is now closed and we are no longer accepting any new applications.

Cancer Recovery is currently developing new and additional support services so that we can help more people with cancer, in the most appropriate way for them, well into the future. We will be making further announcements in the New Year in relation to this.

If you or a member of your family is undergoing cancer treatment and you’re in financial difficulty, if you have not already done so, we would recommend that you contact a benefits advisor or your local citizen’s advice bureau to discuss your finances and possible benefit entitlement. You may also want to contact your utility suppliers, your landlord and your council tax office to let them know about your situation and ask if they are able to provide any assistance.

We advise patients with large debt to seek professional debt advice. National debt helpline: 0808 808 4000.