Macmillan Cancer Support and npower

Over 1 in 3* people diagnosed with cancer in the last two years say they feel the cold more. The side effects of cancer treatment – like weight or hair loss – can make it harder to keep warm, meaning patients often need to turn the heat up. This can have an impact on energy bills, at a time when it may be impossible to work. Working in partnership Macmillan and npower aim to make energy costs one less worry for cancer patients.

Since 2004, npower has given over £9 million to help more than 34,000 families affected by cancer, as well as volunteering hundreds of hours of support with a direct cost saving benefit for Macmillan.

This is through the support of Macmillan’s Energy Advice Team who offer guidance and help source funding for people living with cancer (PLWC) struggling to keep warm. npower also helps their customers through npower’s Macmillan Fund, which support PLWC by capping energy bills and writing off fuel debt. Additionally, employee fundraising is restricted to Macmillan fuel grants: small, mostly one-off payments to help people with fuel costs caused by or related to their cancer.

* Source: Macmillan/YouGov survey (2015-16)

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