We're urging people to “turn to us” as families affected by cancer across Wales feel the strain
Today we're launching our Christmas campaign, urging anyone living with cancer and struggling during the current austerity conditions to “turn to us”.
Many people with cancer already face money worries when they’re diagnosed. Cancer can affect someone's ability to work, higher energy bills are typical as people try to keep warm during treatment, while the travel costs of getting to and from appointments can quickly add up to hundreds of pounds.
Now with the added pressure of the cost-of-living crisis, people with cancer are being affected even more.
We can offer information, advice, practical, and emotional support to anyone affected by cancer. Its benefits advisors and counsellors are hearing from families who are feeling the enormous pressure of the rising cost of living and not knowing where to turn, all while coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis.
The charity has seen an increase in demand for its Benefits Advice service in the last six months, compared to the same period last year. Sadly, more than a third of people referred to the service are terminally ill, with some having to make the difficult choice between heating and eating as they face an uncertain future.
Tenovus Cancer Care Benefits Advisor, Tammi Lyons, said: