A money advice service supporting Wandsworth cancer patients has received more than £180,000 funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.

The funding will help to support cancer patients at least until December 2018.

Run in partnership with Citizens Advice, a team of Macmillan Welfare Benefits Advisors offer specialist financial guidance to people living with cancer, including family and carers.

In 2017, the Macmillan Citizens Advice Service helped 139 residents access more than £333,000 of financial benefits that they were entitled to as well as helping local people receive Macmillan grants of over £5,000 for everyday essentials such as heating or clothing.

Mary-Ann Foxwell, from the Macmillan Citizens Advice Service said: “It’s fantastic news for Wandsworth that Macmillan Cancer Support will continue to fund this service for another year. We know it has a hugely positive impact on local people living with cancer and helps ensure they have access to the best quality advice and support, no matter which stage of their cancer journey they are at."

Simon Selo, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead for South West London added: “Cancer doesn’t just affect you physically, it can impact all aspects of your life and many people find a cancer diagnosis can bring money worries, due to being unable to work and increased costs such as travel to hospital or increased fuel bills. Macmillan is delighted to be able to continue to provide this support for people affected by cancer in Wandsworth; it’s a testament to the dedication and success of the team that we have continued to invest in their service year after year.”

If you are affected by cancer, live in the Wandsworth area and need financial advice, please contact the Macmillan Citizens Advice Service on 0207 042 0332 or visit their website: cawandsworth.org/macmillan/