A recent survey by cancer charity Maggie’s has revealed that over a quarter (29%) of people with a cancer diagnosis are more worried about the cost of living crisis than their cancer, with over three quarters (77%) admitting that the crisis is affecting their chances of successful treatment for cancer.
A OnePoll survey conducted by the national charity sheds light on the scale of the impact the economic crunch is having on those already facing challenging life events.
With patients struggling to get to appointments due to the rising cost of fuel as well as new delays in receiving government benefits, Maggie’s has revealed how patients are having to wait on average a minimum of 13 weeks before they get any financial help, which has led to some people having to sell their homes.
Melanie Bunce, a Benefits Advisor for Maggie’s, said:
“I have been a Benefits Advisor for 25 years, and this current situation is the worst I have ever seen. The fact is that even very ordinary situations are now becoming impossible for people with cancer.
“People who could have managed a year ago are now facing stark choices between eating, heating and travel to hospital appointments – and particularly badly hit are those in low-income jobs.
“The stories we are hearing in our centres have become so much more desperate in the last six months, and it is only going to get worse.”
Despite great challenges, Maggie’s continues to support over 250,000 people throughout the country who are facing cancer, whether their diagnosis or the diagnosis of a family member, friend or colleague.
The organisation offers care in centres designed with architectural excellence, providing emotional and practical support when receiving a cancer diagnosis, through to ways to best manage symptoms and much more.
As we approach this year’s Cambridgeshire Live Business Awards, Price Bailey is delighted to nominate Maggie’s Cambridge as the charity partner for the awards night.
Hayley Webb, Centre Fundraising Manager for Maggie’s Cambridge, said:
“At Maggie’s, we rely on the support of the local community to help us to be there for anyone affected by cancer.
“We’re grateful to be part of the Cambridgeshire Live Business Awards, so we can raise awareness on how we support those living with cancer as well as raise funds to allow us to help the people that walk through our doors. Thanks to everyone involved.”
In addition to providing support to those facing a personal cancer diagnosis, the charity offers a free workplace training programme, Cancer in the Workplace. The programme offer workshops designed to up-skill employers on how best to support employees living with cancer, through knowledge, empathy and understanding.
Martin Clapson, Managing Director at Price Bailey said:
“Having operated in Cambridge for over 60 years, Price Bailey is passionate about our local area and bettering our Cambridgeshire community for all.
“It is a pleasure to be able to use this opportunity at the Cambridgeshire Live Business Awards to shed light on an organisation like Maggie’s, which quietly provide an invaluable service within our community, which undoubtedly means a great deal to those in their time of need.”
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