Money mattersAs if you haven’t got enough to worry about. Having a brain tumour will, at some point, impact on you financially as well as physically and emotionally. The same guiding principle applies – look this tiger in the eye. The more prepared you are, the better you will be prepared if you need additional financial support. It's much better to be proactive, than reactive. The good news is that there is a wealth (pardon the pun) of support out there.
Too much to take in? Give us a call on 01983 292 405 and we’ll talk you through it.
The brain tumour hub
Firstly, have a look at the finance section of our brain tumour hub, where lots of useful financial services are listed. Click here to use this online tool.
The Little White Book
If you’d rather see a printed version of the financial services listed on the brain tumour hub, then look online at Section 6 of our Little White Book. We can pop a copy in the post - just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you a hard copy version. Or, the book is available to see online - simply click here.
Benefits and financeCall Macmillan Benefits Line 0808 801 0304
Help with the Cost of Cancer is an excellent booklet, published by Macmillan. It provides information about all of the different kinds of help available for people with cancer. Download it here.
A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need (Directory of Social Change ISBN: 1-903991-52-8) is a directory published each year of over 2000 charities and trusts that will provide financial help to people in need. It may be available at your local library.
Independence at Home is a Trust which will make grants towards any expense which is not covered by statutory provision and which is related to the needs of a person living at home with a disability. Apply by letter to:
Mrs Mary Rose
14 Lyon Road
Travel InsuranceIf you have a health problem, such as brain cancer, you will probably find it tricky trying to get travel insurance. You should always be honest about your condition; if you aren’t and then you claim, the policy will be invalid.
There are options and you will need to set aside some time to find the best policy. You will be asked for loads of information, so put the kettle on and settle down with a cup of tea as you make the call. You will be asked the following:
- Personal information – names, ages, contact information
- Your travel plans – where, when and for how long
- Medical information – be prepared to talk about your diagnosis, treatment, medication, when you last saw your GP, symptoms
Patients have used the following companies. Please remember that we are not recommending them; these are companies who have insured patients with brain cancer. Every patient has needed written permission from their doctor to enable them to travel. Don’t forget too that if you have private health insurance you may also be able to arrange travel insurance this way.
General enquiries: 0800 028 3571
76 Crooksbury Road
Tel: 01252 780 190
Offers travel insurance to clients with medical conditions.
There is a comprehensive list of travel insurance providers (who we know patients have used) at www.braintumourhub.org.uk
Date published: 17-05-2009 Last edited: 28-08-2012 Due for review 28-08-2014