MACMILLAN Cancer Support helped a record number of people in urgent financial need during 2014, with more than 490 Sussex cancer patients receiving a Macmillan grant to help them with costs arising from their treatment.
New figures from the charity highlight the financial isolation that often follows a cancer diagnosis.
Patients in Sussex received more than £146,400 for essentials such as heating bills, clothing and transport costs, as well as practical household items like washing machines.
Research by Macmillan also found that four out of five people are, on average, £570 a month worse off as a result of a cancer diagnosis.
Della Lamden from Haywards Heath was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005 and then secondary cancer in her lung two years later.
She said: “Getting my Macmillan grant was one of the reasons I am such a big supporter now.
“I was unable to work so had no money coming in, there are financial impacts of cancer you just don’t realise.
“I was having to drive myself to appointments and had car tax bills to pay – my Macmillan nurse helped me access a grant to help cover the cost, it was so helpful.”
Sarah Gigg, senior development manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Our latest grants figures demonstrate the dramatic financial impact cancer has on the lives of patients and their loved ones.
“In 2014, Macmillan helped more people than ever before, as we continued to work to ensure that nobody faces cancer alone.
“People undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment should not have the additional financial worry.”