Macmillan, the cancer support charity is able to provide grants to adults, young people and children with cancer and those still affected by the illness or treatment.

The grants are one off payments to fund a wide range of needs. This could include heating bills, extra clothing, household items or a much needed break.

An average grant is approximately £380.

The grant is available where the household disposable income is less than £170 for a single person, £289 for a couple or household of two people, £85 for each child, and £119 for each additional adult.

This is the amount you have after all your housing costs and child maintenance have been made and savings of less than £6,000 (for individuals) and £8,000 (for families and couples).

Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance are not included in the calculations.

Applications for a grant should be made by a health or social care professional who need to complete the form on behalf of the applicant.

Macmillan also provides funding for support and self help groups through their "Supporting You to Help Others" grants.

www.macmillian.org.uk