We are sorry that grant applications have now closed for 2018.
Unfortunately due to funding issues we are unable to support any patient grants in 2019, and the service has been suspended for 12 months. We are seeking sources of funding for future grants and will reopen the scheme when feasible. Over the last 5 years we have supported more than 2000 people with lung cancer and distributed more than £380,000. We hope to be able to help more people in the future.
Alternative sources of funding and advice
The Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) – England, Scotland & Wales
For some patients, travel to receive healthcare can present difficulties – the journey may be lengthy or complex, costly, or there may be poor access to public transport. In particular, patients on benefits or low incomes can find it difficult to meet the cost of travelling to hospital or other healthcare premises for treatments or diagnostic tests. HTCS is part of the NHS Low Income Scheme, and was set up to provide financial assistance to those patients who do not have a medical need for ambulance transport, but who require assistance with their travel costs. You may be able to claim a refund under the HTCS for the cost of travelling to hospital or other NHS premises for NHS funded treatment or for diagnostic tests arranged by a doctor. Phone the Low Income Scheme free on
0300 330 1343 for more information
Help with health costs – Northern Ireland
Most Health Service treatment is free, although there can be charges for some things. Depending on your circumstances, you might get help with the cost of some treatment, services and items. If you're on a low income, you may be able to get help with health service and travel costs.
You will need to fill in the claim form HC1 'Claim for help with health and travel costs'. It is available from social security/benefits offices or hospitals. Your local doctor, dentist, pharmacist and optician might also have a copy.
Aids and equipment
If you need special equipment or aids to help you manage at home your GP or your lung cancer specialist nurse can refer you to a social worker to help get these for you. Or you can contact your local social services or social work department.
If you have to wash a lot of bed linen, the social services department may be able to help by providing a laundry service, ask the district nurse, GP or contact your local social services about this.
Disability Benefits Helpline
Provides information or advice about a claim you’ve already made for Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment. Telephone
03457 123 456 for more information.
Charities that can help
The British Red Cross can provide personal transport services across the UK. This can include providing a companion for a journey on public transport, or a private car with a driver. A contribution towards costs is usually asked for, but no one will be refused the service because they can’t pay. For more information or to book transport contact your local Red Cross office or call their main office on
0344 871 1111 (this is not a free phone number)
Provides information, advice and support for carers; call their advice line free on 0808 808 7777
Citizens Advice Bureau
Offers confidential independent financial advice. Telephone 0344 477 2020 in England and Wales and 0808 800 9060 in Scotland – these are not a free phone numbers, call charges will apply.
MacMillan Cancer Support
Offer grants to people living with cancer who meet their eligibility criteria, they can also offer financial advice on benefits entitlement and managing finance.
Or call 0808 808 00 00
A UK debt charity providing free and confidential counselling and help with money management. Telephone, freephone number 0800 138 1111
Have a grants search on their website and a freephone helpline for those without internet access: 0808 802 2000: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/
Charis Grants operate a grant scheme from energy industry and various other funds. These can help if someone has an energy debt or facing bankruptcy.
Npower have partnered with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Macmillan Cancer Care to provide help for those who receive benefits or have a disability or critical illness such as cancer.
Professional/ Support Organisations
For ex-service person there are a number of sources of grant funding from the Armed Forces and Ex-Service support organisations.
People may also find sources of support from Professional Bodies and Employment based bodies such as the Bank Workers Trust, Retail Trust, Grocery Aid, The Benevolent drinks industry charity. There may also be local benevolent associations and charities who can offer support depending on your postcode.