Patients use handouts for clothing

CANCER patients across the Dearne who change weight or body shape because of the disease are relying on charity handouts to prvoide them with the new clothes they need, according to Macmillan Cancer Support.

New statistics from the charity show that 47.1 per cent of cancer patients who received a Macmillan grant in the last 12 months in South Yorkshire needed it to help pay for clothing.

Macmillan gave one-off payments totalling £54,705 to 401 cancer patients in the area in the last year to go towards clothing.

Ciarán Devane, chief executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “The sheer number of cancer patients turning to Macmillan for help towards clothing highlights just how much they struggle financially.

“Clothing is one of a number of hidden costs cancer patients are burdened with at a time when, on average, their income halves and their outgoings rocket.

“Patients already have to deal with the physical changes to their bodies – they shouldn’t have the added stress of not being able to afford new clothes.

“We urge any cancer patients who are struggling financially to contact our helpline to find what support is available to them.”

To donate, or to find out about financial support available to patients, contact Macmillan freephone on 0808 808 0000.