Cancer Patients 'Relying on Charity Handouts' for Fuel

Macmillan-Cancer-SupportIn an immensely surprising disclosure, it has recently been revealed that scores of people suffering from cancer are seeking more and more support from charity handouts since they are struggling to pay the rapidly increasing fuel bills. The statements can clearly be made evident by sneaking a look at the figures revealed recently by the Macmillan Cancer Support.

In its recent statements, the Macmillan Cancer Support claimed that it had given in excess of £2,548,563 to more than 12,669 patients suffering from various terminal forms of cancer during this year, marking a clear-cut increase from £1.4m provided to around 7,369 patients earlier in 2006.

In addition, it has been reported that the charity is seeking an independent review, commissioned by the government, of the existing poverty in terms of fuel so as to place high-priority for patients suffering from cancer.

While expressing her opinion in this regard, Laura Keely, the campaign manager for Macmillan, claimed that it was entirely "shocking" that patients suffering from cancer need such sort of urgent help and assistance.

She added: “To feel too scared to put the heating on because of soaring energy bills is an unacceptable reality for thousands of vulnerable cancer patients who feel the cold more and spend long periods of time at home”.

Since the establishment of the charity, some 100 years back, Douglas Macmillan, the founder of the charity was keenly devoted on providing all sorts of care and assistance needed by cancer patients by providing packs of coal for the sake of keeping them warm during the time of need.

On the other hand, the charity has claimed that as much as 70% of patients suffering from various detrimental forms of cancer, especially those below 55 years of age, have comparatively lesser income once they are diagnosed with cancer, mainly because their illness proves extremely influential for reducing their aptitude to earn.