“Betty” Macmillan’s Cancer Information Bus in the area this week

QUESTIONS ABOUT CANCER? WE CAN HELP.

Ask about financial support in Staffordshire

Free, cancer advice and support is coming to Staffordshire between Tuesday 7 March and Thursday 9 March. Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service will be visiting the area, with cancer information specialists on hand to answer questions and provide information. The team encourages anyone with worries relating to cancer to stop by, whether you’re living with cancer, or care for someone who is.

Cancer can impact all aspects of your life, not just your health. The team are highlighting issues around the financial impact of cancer. If you’ve been affected by cancer, your finances might not be your first thought, but many people are faced with extra costs they hadn’t considered.

Macmillan research shows that 83% of people are, on average, £570 a month worse off because of a cancer diagnosis1. This is often due to being unable to work and having increased costs such as travel to hospital or increased fuel bills.

Details of the visit:

Tuesday 7 March   Stoke-on-Trent, Market Square, Outside TK Maxx, ST1 1RZ   10am to 4pm

Wednesday 8 March  Newcastle-under-Lyme, Iron Market, ST5 1RH   10am to 4pm

Thursday 9 March  Stafford, Market Square, ST16 2BD  10am to 4pm

Moray Hayman, a Macmillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit, says,

“It’s really important that people living with cancer are able to access the financial advice and support they are entitled to, so they can focus on what’s most important: their health. We can help signpost people to Macmillan benefits advisers who can provide free, confidential advice.

“On the dates mentioned above, we’re here to answer any questions about cancer. Whether you want to know what symptoms to look out for, need advice about managing the side effects of your treatment, or want to find local support for carers, come along and see us. We’d be happy to help.”

Our five mobile information units travel around the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and advice on the ground. Last year they helped around 115,000 people in over 672 locations across the UK.

For further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service, and planned visits, go to http://www.macmillan.org.uk/aboutus/contactus/mobileinformationcentrelocations.aspx

If you are unable to visit the unit but have questions about cancer, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

You can find out about Macmillan services near you at http://www.macmillan.org.uk/in-your-area/choose-location.html