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Macmillan Cancer Support Thank Public
The Hamilton Fundraising Group of Macmillan Cancer Support are thanking the public for digging deep to help their cause.
Joan McCallum, chairperson of the charity’s Hamilton branch, said: “The Hamilton Fundraising Group would like to thank all the collectors who helped with their annual street collection in Hamilton on Saturday, April 25.
“They would also like to say a great big thank you to all the people who donated so generously to such a worthwhile charity. The sum raised was £1158.”
All the cash raised by the group is used to support people and their families in Lanarkshire, living with, or beyond, cancer.
The Hamilton Fundraising Group were established in 1988 and have raised well over £550,000 since then.
Joan added: “At our recent annual general meeting, held in March of this year, our financial statement for 2014 showed that the group had raised the sum of £25,606.
“The group work tirelessly to raise funds to help finance the services provided by Macmillan Cancer Support to cancer sufferers and their loved ones.”
The group always have a very busy calendar of fundraising events and would be delighted to hear from anyone willing to spare a few hours, two or three times in the year.
If anyone would like to come along and help us with our fundraising activities in the future please contact Joan McCallum on 01698 427173 for further information.
The fundraising efforts from the local team come just after Macmillan Cancer Support revealed cancer patients in Lanarkshire are relying on grants given out by to help with the financial impact of the disease.
The leading cancer charity paid out £195,500 to cancer patients in Lanarkshire last year. This helped 583 patients to pay fuel bills, buy clothing, a bed and costs for travelling to and from hospital.
Janice Preston of Macmillan Cancer Support said: “A cancer diagnosis can stop people working which means they have to live on a vastly reduced income and at the same time it brings increased costs. Cancer patients need to put their energy into getting better. Instead many are living in cold homes anxious about how they’re going to cope with increased costs such as energy bills and travelling to and from hospital.”
Research by Macmillan found that four in five people in Scotland are, on average, £420 a month worse off as a result of a cancer diagnosis, due to a reduced income and increased expenses. Worryingly, over a third of Scottish cancer patients admitted to struggling to keep up with financial commitments such as paying their mortgage, rent or council tax. Almost half of patients also faced increased fuel bills because they struggled to keep warm as a result of their treatment.
Shockingly, this resulted in over a quarter of people with cancer not being able to keep their home adequately warm in winter because of the expense.
Macmillan Cancer Support gave out over £1.5 million in grants to more than 4700 cancer patients in Scotland last year. Most of these grants were for fuel, clothing, beds, mattresses, bedding and white goods.
If you’re worried about paying your fuel bills or need other financial help, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/heating.