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Cornish Cancer Patients Struggling To Heat Homes
2:01pm 23rd January 2013
It has been revealed that dozens of Cornish cancer patients are relying on charity handouts to heat their homes.
Macmillan Cancer Support said it paid out more £54,570 to 191 people in the Duchy in the run up to Christmas.
Nearly half of those were given grants to help pay for fuel bills.
Spokeswoman Claire Monks, said: "Fuel bills are going through the roof, it's been really cold. People with cancer often find that they are at home more, so they have to have the heating on more often. They also feel the cold, as a result of either the illness or the chemotherapy.
"Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the toughest things any of us can face. And you just want to concentrate on your health and on getting better, and on the emotional impact. Having money worries as well is just awful."
The second highest request for grants during this period was for clothing. Previous research by Macmillan revealed one in three UK cancer patients have to put on outdoors clothes indoors to keep warm.
The charity also claims around 27,000 cancer patients in the UK could be behind with fuel bills.
If you are worried about paying your fuel bills or need other financial help such as whether you qualify for the npower Fuel Management Programme call 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/heating.
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