£1m financial gains for cancer patients in the Western Isles

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has announced that a service provided in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support has secured over £1m of financial gains to date.

The service provides support and advice and seeks to increase benefits take up and access to financial support for people suffering terminal and debilitating illnesses and conditions in the islands. Delivered by a support officer based in the Revenues and Benefits Team at the Town Hall, Stornoway the service has been in operation for four years and has supported people throughout the islands from the Butt to Barra.

On hearing the news Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell commented: “I am delighted that our partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support has been of such enormous benefit to cancer suffers throughout the islands.

“Securing financial support means those affected can focus on what really matters at what can be a very difficult and challenging time.”

Thomas Gorman, from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Many cancer patients experience a drop in income because they are too ill to work and this comes at a time when their household bills rise due to expenses such as higher heating bills and travel to and from hospital.

“This can be especially difficult for families that have to travel to Inverness or Glasgow for vital support.

“Our partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is essential for helping to ensure that people on the Islands access everything they are entitled to.

“The £1million the service has helped put in the pockets of local cancer patients demonstrates the enormous impact the service is making in helping to alleviate the financial stress associated with a diagnosis of cancer or long term illness.”