Macmillan Grants to help with the extra cost of living with cancer

A cancer diagnosis has a huge financial burden, with many people facing extra and often unexpected costs. For example, people living with cancer face higher energy bills as they go through treatment as it’s harder to keep warm, and there is often additional costs associated with getting to and from appointments.

The cost of living has reached its highest level in decades and many people living with cancer are really worried about the spiralling costs of energy bills, food prices, rail fares and fuel.  This is on top of the expected financial and emotional pressures of a cancer diagnosis.

Macmillan Grants are a one-off payment of £350 to help with the extra costs that living with cancer can bring.

They can be used to help with things like:

  • energy bills
  • home adaptions
  • cost of travel to and from hospital
  • any extra costs you might have because of cancer.

You can call Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 and talk to the Welfare Rights team about Macmillan Grants. You can speak with the Welfare Rights team:

•            Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm

•            Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm


Both of the following must also apply:

•            You have no more than £6,000 in savings for a household of one person or no more than £8,000 for a household of two or more people.

•            You have a weekly income of no more than £323 per week for a household of one person or no more than £442 per week for a household of two or more people.

We do not count Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Attendance Allowance (AA) when we work out your weekly income.

Please contact Macmillan Cancer Support if you have any questions

Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00

Illingworth Post Lady will Brave the Shave!

ON August the 30th at Bradshaw Cricket Club, Illingworth Post Lady Sharon will shave off her long hair in aid of Macmillan.

Sharon wants to raise awareness of cancer and for all the wonderful services Macmillan provide.

But that’s not all there is. There will be a raffle with the chance to win prizes and coffee with lots of scrumptuous homemade cake to go with it! So come join us at

Bradshaw Cricket Club between 1-4 pm on Saturday 30th August

Any support, however small would be helpful. You can turn up on the day or you can support online at – Search for Posties Sharon and Claire

Or, why not speak to Sharon when she’s on delivery and fill in her sponsor form!

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Macmillan Virtual Support Groups February – April 2021

This is just a quick reminder of our Virtual Support Groups that are taking place from February – April 2021 via Microsoft Teams.


Virtual Health Walk 

Thursday 4th Feb 1pm-2pm

Thursday 4th March 1pm-2pm

Thursday 1st April 1pm-2pm


Virtual Coffee Support Group

Wednesday 17th Feb 2pm-3pm

Wednesday 17th March 2pm-3pm

Wednesday 21st April 2pm-3pm


To book – contact us on01422 222709 / 01484 343614or email us 


If you require any technical support, please do not hesitate to contact us, we can support you!



Best wishes,

Helen, Mandy and Holly



Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust


Macmillan Unit  – Calderdale Royal Hospital – 01422 222709

Greenlea Unit –  Huddersfield Royal Infirmary – 01484 343614

Mobile – 07554415564

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Virtual Collaborative Thinking Ahead Programme from MacMillan Cancer support

Thinking Ahead is a Health and Wellbeing Programme for patients living with incurable cancer, who may or may not be receiving treatment, as well as their family members.

The course was devised in Harrogate in 2018 and has been delivered in Calderdale and Huddersfield and Leeds for the last 18 months. We are delighted to be offering our first collaborative online course across the three hospital trusts in 2021. This means that patients from all three districts are invited to join and that staff from all three areas will be taking part in presenting on the course.

For more information: CHFT Collaborative Thinking Ahead Invite Letter – March – April 2021

Sessions will start from Tuesday 2nd March until 20th April 2021.They will be weekly sessions from 10am until 11.30am.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, all sessions will be running virtually over Microsoft Teams.

For more information and to book, contact Macmillan Information Service on 01422 222709 or email


We will send you an invite to join the course and we can also do a test call with you before the course to check you are set up with the technology.


4 February World Cancer Day

4 February, is World Cancer Day

Thanks to research, we know more about cancer now than ever before, however, 1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.  Did you know that one third of cancers could be prevented and another third can be cured if detected early and treated properly?

Almost half of all cancer is preventable

Almost half of all cancer is preventable


What are the risk factors?
Everyone has a certain risk of developing cancer; a combination of genes, lifestyle and environment can affect this risk.  Doctors do not know the exact causes of cancer but there are risk factors that can increase your chance of developing it.
Having one or more risk factors does not mean you will get cancer; and having no risk factors does not mean you will not develop cancer.

Around 1 in 3 cases of the most common cancers (about 33%) could be prevented by eating a healthy diet, keeping to a healthy weight and being more active. There are some things you can do to lower your risk of developing cancer, but you cannot reduce your risk completely through your lifestyle.

For most people, increasing age is the biggest risk factor for developing cancer.  In general, people over 65 have the greatest risk of developing cancer and people under 50 have a much lower risk.

Family history
Cancer is very common and most of us have relatives who have had cancer.  People often worry that a history of cancer in their family greatly increases their risk of developing it but fewer than 1 in 10 cancers are associated with a strong family history of cancer. If you are worried, you should talk to your GP.

Lifestyle risk factors and reducing your risk
Although we can’t make sure we don’t develop cancer, living a healthy life can make it less likely.

Giving up smoking
In the UK, more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths (over 25%) are caused by smoking.
Breathing in other people’s smoke also increases your risk of developing cancer.

Keep your home smoke-free to protect you and your family’s health.  If you smoke, giving up is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
If you want to give up smoking, it is never too late to stop.  Ask your GP for advice, or contact the NHS Yorkshire Smokefree Service.

Keeping to a healthy weight
Being overweight increases the risk of many types of cancer, including cancers of the bowel, kidney, womb and gullet (oesophagus).  Women who are overweight and have been through the menopause also have a higher risk of breast cancer but keeping to a healthy body weight reduces your risk of cancer and other health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.

If you are worried about your weight or need more information, talk to your GP or visit the NHS Healthy Weight website.

Eating a balanced diet
There is no single food that causes or prevents cancer.  Eating a balanced diet is good for your overall health and helps reduce your risk of some cancers and it can also help you to keep to a healthy weight.

Eating plenty of high fibre foods helps reduce the risk of bowel cancer.  Red meats such as beef, pork, lamb and veal and processed meats such as sausages, bacon, salami, tinned meats, and packet meats like sandwich ham, are linked to a higher risk of bowel and prostate cancer, so try to limit how much of these you eat.

Being physically active
Many studies have found that regular physical activity of at least 30 minutes every day can reduce the risk of cancer.

Your cancer risk is reduced further if you do more than 30 minutes a day of vigorous exercise. The NHS has more information on how to stay active.

Limiting how much alcohol you drink
Drinking alcohol increases your risk of mouth and throat cancers but it is also linked to other cancers.  In general, the more you drink, the higher your risk. Your risk is even higher if you also smoke.  You should try to stick to the current guidelines on drinking alcohol.

Taking care when the sun’s out
Our bodies need sunlight to make vitamin D so spending some time outside in the sun helps you stay healthy, however, it is important to protect your skin from burning, as this can increase your risk of skin cancers.

If you are going to be out in the sun for longer than a few minutes, you should protect your skin:

  • Keep your arms and legs covered by wearing long-sleeved tops and trousers. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck.
  • Use suncream with a high sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Choose one that protects against UVA and UVB, with a four or five star rating.
  • Make sure you use enough sun cream. Experts say you need at least six to eight teaspoons of lotion for an average-sized adult to give the SPF coverage it says on the bottle.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day which is usually between 11am and 3pm.

Using sunbeds or sun lamps also increases your risk of skin cancer.

In the UK we have three national screening programmes
Screening can help doctors find cancer early before symptoms happen and may be easier to treat and it can also pick up any potential abnormalities that may lead to cancer.
Breast cancer screening – open for all women from the ages of 50-70 for screening every three years.
Bowel cancer screening – open in England for all people aged between 60-74, in which a testing kit is sent every two years.
Cervical cancer screening – open for people with a cervix between the ages of 25- 64. You will get an invite every 3 years.

Talk to your GP
If something doesn’t look or feel quite right, or you think you might have cancer it’s always best to speak to the GP, you won’t be wasting their time.  It’s always best to speak to your GP if something is unusual for you or doesn’t go away.

Lots of helpful information and advice are available from:
Macmillan Cancer Support
Cancer Research UK


Macmillan’s iHOPE Programme Friday 12th February – Friday 26th March 2021

iHOPE is Macmillan’s online self-management programme (‘Help Overcoming Problems Effectively’) for anyone who’s had a cancer diagnosis, which empowers people living with cancer to manage their health and wellbeing.

This free course runs over six weeks and consists of online materials to complete in your own time and weekly discussion groups via Microsoft Teams, with trained facilitators, on Friday afternoons 12th February to 26th March 2021, 1.30pm til 2.45pm.

To find out more and to book a place please contact Helen, Mandy or Holly in the Macmillan Information Service – 01484 343614 or 01422 222709 or email


Read more: iHOPE Information Sheet – February 2021 Course


Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service Newsletter February 2021

In this latest newsletter you will find information on Headwrappers, a virtual hair loss support group, iHope, First Steps, Thinking Ahead, Virtual support groups, Turn2Us, financial help and much more.


Download Newsletter Here


Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust

Macmillan Unit  – Calderdale Royal Hospital – 01422 222709

Greenlea Unit –  Huddersfield Royal Infirmary – 01484 343614

Mobile – 07554415564

Website –

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