STAFF at Maggie’s West London helped access more than £6.2million in unclaimed benefits for people with cancer last year.
The service, used by more than 5,000 people in 2012, includes a variety of welfare benefits such as disability living allowance, housing benefits and travel allowance.
The centre, in the grounds of Charing Cross Hospital, provides free practical, emotional and social support for anyone with cancer, as well as their family, friends and carers.
Jay Shah, welfare rights and benefits specialist at Maggie’s London, said: “When people come to visit us at Maggie’s, financial uncertainty whilst undergoing cancer treatment is one of their biggest concerns.
“We ensure that they are provided with all the guidance and support in order to claim the welfare benefits they are entitled to. Our centre visitors often tell us that having this uncertainty removed has taken away a significant burden from their minds and shoulders.
“Being able to help complete forms for benefit claims, travel provisions, adequate housing, insurance and pension claims has enabled them to fully focus on their treatment and help them to recuperate.”