Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Support for fuel aid plea

I am writing to back Macmillan Cancer Support’s campaign to freeze out fuel poverty for cancer patients.

Rising fuel prices have affected many of us, but for cancer patients the effects can be even more keenly felt. Spending longer periods at home during recovery is just one of the reasons cancer patients have increased energy needs.

In a recent Macmillan survey, two-thirds of cancer patients struggling financially said paying fuel bills is their biggest money worry.

Macmillan is urging the Government to extend the winter fuel payment to cancer patients.

This annual payment of up to £400 is currently paid to everyone over 60, but could bring immediate help to cancer pa

tients struggling with fuel costs.

If you’re struggling with the financial effects of cancer visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0800 500 800 to find out more.

Caroline Orr

Kilfennan, Londonderry

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