May 3, 2019
We were asked to help a young man in his early twenties who is currently in hospital receiving treatment for cancer. When he asked his employer for time off for treatment they removed him from his job which our agents are intending to challenge with his former employer. He is without money and will have to claim benefits on his release from hospital but he is currently without any money so we agreed to send him £50 so he could get some groceries on his way home.
Apr 26, 2019
A mother previously working full-time has had to go onto Statutory Sick Pay as her 13 year old son has been diagnosed with cancer. She is still in receipt of working and child tax credits, but her SSP and benefits is ued to pay her rent and bills, including council tax. Her son is currently in hospital receiving chemotherapy treatment, and although he has meals provided, nothing is provided for the mother who stays close by her son's side. As she doesn't have money she is unable to afford any food from the hospital and often goes without eating. She is also struggling to afford the bus fares between the hospital and home, so our agents asked for our help. We agreed to send her £100 to help the family out.
Apr 26, 2019
A man who has always been self-employed has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing intensive treatment. He had to give up working in December because of his condition, and has recently submitted a claim to be put on to Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payments, which will take some time to be received, assessed and put into payment. He has been existing by using the remains of a tax rebate and his overdraft to pay his mortgage and bills. His cooker has broken and our agents have applied for a grant to get this replaced but asked us to help him with some money for food, which we agreed to, sending him £100.
Apr 15, 2019
A father in his twenties of three children, all 5 years and under lost his job just before Christmas and there was a delay in the family being able to claim and have benefits put into payment. This meant that over the Christmas period they were supported by their local foodbank who made sure they had food for a family of two adults and three children, as well as some gifts for them to give the children. Since then they have been struggling to manage financially and now the father has been recently diagnosed with cancer. The mother is very concerned at how they will manage financially and mentally, as they got behind with the rent when her partner was off work and before housing benefit came into payment. She wants to make sure that the children's lives carry on as normally as possible despite their father's diagnosis. We agreed to send the family £200 to give them a bit of breathing space.
Apr 12, 2019
A lady who lives alone has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Her income on Employment Support Allowance is currently £81 per week and she is struggling to meet her outgoings each month. Our agents are helping her to apply for both Universal Credit so she can get some financial support with her rent, and also to apply for Personal Independence Payment as she will be entitled to that benefit. Our agents have applied elsewhere for a grant as she needs to purchase a new mattress so she can be certain of getting enough suitable sleep so that she can begin to recover. We agreed to send her £100 to help her with her energy costs and money for food.
Apr 10, 2019
A very vulnerable man who was released from prison last April has found himself living temporarily with his parents following the breakdown of his marriage last December. His father has prostrate cancer and is being visited by carers to help him, and his son sleeping in the living room on a camp bed is not an ideal situation. An alternative place to stay has been found for the man in local supported accommodation, but the man recently had his jacket stolen while he was in a public place and his wallet and money were in the pocket. He won't receive any further money until the end of April, so is completely without anything until then. We agreed between us to send him £100.
Apr 10, 2019
A lady who lives alone has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. She is finding it difficult to continue with her job so is going to have to give up work and put in a claim for Employment Support Allowance instead. It is going to take some time for her claim to be processed, and in the meantime her washing machine has broken, so our agents are helping her to apply for a grant to have that replaced. She is really struggling with her bills so we sent her £100 to help.
Mar 29, 2019
Our attention was brought to a man who is currently undergoing intensive treatment for cancer. Previously he had been self-employed and managing quite well, however the change in income for him has been difficult to manage. He is currently having daily radiotherapy and chemotherapy and the demands on his body means he often struggles to stay warm, which means putting on his heating which he cannot afford to do. This is causing him to become stressed which is only making the situation worse. We agreed to send him £100 to help with his energy costs over the next few weeks.
Mar 22, 2019
Our help was needed today for a man who is currently receiving pallative care for cancer. His care is being provided by his local hospice and he is finding the treatment has caused his taste to change. All the money he receives from his benefits is swallowed up by bills, leaving him with no spare money to buy high calorie food he feels able to eat. We agreed to send him £100 to help him out, and have advised our agents to get their client to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment to assist him with meeting his council tax bill.
Mar 18, 2019
We were asked to help a young mum of two small children. She has recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer and is about to start treatment for this, radiotherapy and surgery. Following the surgery she is going to need a replacement mattress as the one she currently has will no longer be suitable, they have applied for a grant to buy a new mattress for her. Before she became ill she was working full time and providing for her family. Since her diagnosis she has had to give up work and apply for Universal Credit. By applying for this though her previous payments of child tax and working tax credit have been stopped, and her Universal Credit payment last month was just £20 for the three of them. She is currently trying to buy what little food she can using her credit card and the debt this is causing is stressing her out. We agreed to send the family £150 so they can buy food and energy for the next month.
Mar 1, 2019
A man, previously employed in a factory, has been advised that the progression of his cancer now means that he needs to be cosnidered for best supportive care for his last months or weeks even. He is not in receipt of any benefits, which our contact is going to investigate on his behalf. He is currently living with his son and his family, and is struggling with trying to keep warm. He wants to be able to contribute to some of the extra costs of keeping the house warm. We agreed to send across £200 to pay for the extra energy costs.
Feb 27, 2019
We were asked to help a single lady who is recovering from treatment for cancer. Throughout her treatment she was in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment, which has now been stopped by the DWP as they consider her treatment to be complete. She is still in a great deal of discomfort and pain, is at high risk of infection, as well as suffering with extreme fatique. All of these make it impossible for her to consider working, and so she is reliant on her mother to cover the cost of her rent and her bills, as obviously her housing benefit also stopped being paid. She is struggling with trying to keep warm despite the milder weather, and is concerned about whether she will be able to cover the cost of her gas and electric. We agreed to send her £150 in the meantime until her benefits can be brought back into payment again.
Feb 13, 2019
A former teacher diagnosed with cancer is currently undergoing high dose chemotherapy and awaiting a stem cell transplant. She is a single parent and former teacher, now unable to work due to her diagnosis. She has no family and is no longer able to drive. She is struggling financially and was recently forced to move home through no fault of her own. We agreed to send her £150 to use towards food and energy costs.
Feb 7, 2019
A former nurse now impacted by cancer is struggling to manage financially. She is in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and also Personal Independence Payments (PIP) however the PIP payments have now stopped being paid and she is currently in the process of appealing that decision. The stopping of her payments has made life extremely difficult financially. Her condition will only get worse than it is already, and the stress of her change of income has made matters worse. She needs to be scrupulous about hygiene, but is worried about having enough money to put the heating on so she can have hot water. We agreed to send her £100 to help her out.
Feb 4, 2019
This situation is a man that has been diagnosed with head and neck cancer, needing to have extensive surgery. He did have a job but had to give that up when he became too unwell to work. He was in receipt of Universal Credit, but recently had a work capability assessment (WCA) where they found him fit for work, despite the fact he is unable to turn or lift his head or arms. The outcome of the WCA has caused him emotional and psychological distress. He is still at high risk of infection, so it is important that he has access to hot water for keeping clean, however he is having to decide between heating his home or being able to eat. Our agents are going to help him put in an application for Personal Independence Payments, as well as appeal the decision of the WCA. We agreed to send him £100 to buy food and fuel.
Jan 25, 2019
We were approached by a doctor who has been treating a patient diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis has meant he has had to be on sick leave from his job as a care worker, and is in receipt of statutory sick pay. It is looking like his employers are wanting to make him redundant which is causing him a great deal of stress. As a result of the cancer he has had to have an above knee amputation, meaning his existing home was no longer suitable. The cost of moving to more suitable accommodation has brought up extra costs at a time when his income is seriously limited. We were asked if we could consider helping him and agreed to send him a grant of £100. Local agencies are helping him to determine how he stands contractually regarding his employment situation.
Oct 3, 2017
Our help was needed this time for a of single parent two teenaged children. He was left on his own with their young children when his wife was diagnosed and died of cancer. They ran into a considerable amount of debt during that time, amounting to almost £50,000. They ended up having to sell their home to repay the outstanding mortgage and some of the debts. He is now in receipt of Universal Credit, as he has been pensioned off due to ill health, and unable to work, due to periods of PTSD. He still has £16,000 of debt which he is struggling to repay, so our help was sought to help him fund the £90 needed to apply for a debt relief order, which he qualifies for. His home will not be affected as a result of him applying for this, so we were happy to help him.