Citizens Advice Bassetlaw (CAB) and Macmillan Cancer Support are marking ten years of successfully supporting people in Bassetlaw who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The Macmillan Welfare Benefits Team at CAB, are funded by Macmillan, and offer a lifeline to local people by helping them to access the financial support that may be available after a cancer diagnosis.
Almost 2,000 local people diagnosed with cancer have been supported by the team in the last ten years, this has amounted to over £4 million in benefits and charitable grants being claimed to help with the additional costs of the disease.
Zoe Plummer, from Bircotes, was supported by the Macmillan Welfare Benefits Team after being diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2016, she said: “I was all set to go into my final year of nursing when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I suddenly found that I was moving back in with my parents, quitting my part time job and having to pause a nursing degree that I loved.
“It felt like my life had stood still. I visited the Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop and explained that I was struggling financially; they directed me to the Macmillan Welfare Benefits Team at CAB. The team were fantastic, they understood that the last thing you want to be doing is filling out forms when you’re receiving cancer treatment.
“I was helped to apply for Employment and Support Allowance, plus a Macmillan grant for clothing following my cancer surgery. The financial support I received was more than just practical, I finally had the ability to socialise with friends again, I felt less isolated and more like ‘me’ again.”
Lesley Ann Drabble, Macmillan Welfare Benefits Team Lead, CAB said: “Cancer has a huge impact on a people’s finances such as significant loss of income, additional travel costs to and from hospital appointments and increased heating bills. We are here to offer free confidential advice to patients, carers and family members about benefits and charitable grants that may be available.
“Through our partnership with Macmillan we have been able to take away one additional worry from people at a distressing time in their life.”
You can contact the Macmillan Welfare Benefits Team, based in Worksop, by calling 07889 726958 or emailing email@example.com
To mark the milestone 10-year anniversary CAB and The Aurora Wellbeing Centre are hosting a Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event on 29th September, held at the Aurora Wellbeing Centre, Memorial Avenue, Worksop between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
To host your own World’s Biggest Coffee Morning visit the Macmillan website coffee.macmillan.org.uk.