Providing for Financial Needs
As a result of illness, people with cancer often incur extra expenses that may be difficult or impossible to fund.
Wessex Cancer Trust can help with small financial grants which can cover many needs including domestic help, clothing, bedding, heating, travel expenses and appliances as examples. The Trust also has two holiday homes available for patients and their families.
These grants can be a real life line for people but we cannot provide them without your support. Please donate so that we can continue to provide for those in crisis.
For larger grants, we suggest that applications are also made to other charities, such as Macmillan Cancer Support, CLIC Sargent or, if appropriate, the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association which offer similar grant facilities.
Most Citizens’ Advice Bureau have money advice workers or volunteers trained in basic money advice work. They may be able to help write an application to an appropriate grant making body. Some libraries will have a copy of the book ‘A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need’, which is full of advice and organisations that also may be able to help you.
How Patient Grants are awarded
Applications are made on behalf of deserving cases by professional carers e.g. Macmillan Nurses, Community Nurses, Specialist Nurses, and Health & Social Workers. Application forms are available from the Wessex Cancer Trust. The questions establish if an application satisfies the criteria for the award of the grant and that patients/families are receiving their benefits entitlements from the Department of Work and Pensions.
People who currently have cancer, or are experiencing the effects of cancer.
For further information regarding WCT Patient Grants please contact Nichola Jacobs at WCT on 023 8067 2200.