Health: Let’s do more for cancer patients and charities that support them

Macmillan Big Easter Bake fundraisers.
Macmillan Big Easter Bake fundraisers.
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Facing cancer is surely difficult enough without even having to think about the impact it will have on your earnings.

Money is put on the back burner and your health is prioritised as the NHS rallies around you, but for many it seems it isn’t all that simple.

Figures released this week by Macmillan Cancer Support show the extent to which people struck down by cancer have been struggling money-wise, and surely more need to be done to tackle this.

The charity donated more than £313,000 to West Yorkshire patients to pay for vital essentials such as heating bills, clothing and transport costs as well as practical household goods.

Those figures are up more than eight per cent on 2013, which is a sobering and worrying thought.

Like most people, my family has been impacted by the horrendous disease.

Thankfully my relatives who have most recently had to deal with cancer have had a support network, both financially and emotionally, that can help take away the fiscal burden.

But the reality is that on a broader scale not everyone has health insurance, savings or relatives for support.

Clearly we can’t rely on charities to dig those struck down with cancer out of the red, although these figures do even more to implore you to put your hands in your pockets to help such charities.

Macmillan, which awarded more than £10million in grants to over 33,000 people in the UK in 2014, is calling for the Government to make cancer a priority. Worrying figures such as the numbers of patients in urgent financial need are evidence enough that action needs to be taken.

HOW TO BACK WORTHY CHARITY

The Big Easter Bake raised almost £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support last year.

The event, co-ordinated by Leeds fundraiser Carly Balmforth, will take place on Friday March 27.

It encourages people across the region to bake Easter-related products in return for donations.

Bakers who submit photographs of their bake sales and upload them to the Macmillan West Yorkshire Facebook page could win one of a number of prizes.

Bakers can enter into traditional, original, chocolate, savoury and under 11s categories to be in with a chance of winning.

Visit thebigeasterbake.tumblr.com for details.

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