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Carers' rights day event in Colchester

Date issued: 16 November 2017

Thousands of people who look after a loved one with cancer are missing out on vital benefits and support - simply because they don't realise they are entitled to help. That's why Essex Macmillan Benefits Advice Service is inviting carers in Essex to a special drop-in day on Tuesday 21st November at Colchester Hospital.

The Macmillan Benefits Advice Service in Essex is one of hundreds of groups across the UK who take part in Carers Rights Day, a national awareness day to inform carers of the rights, benefits and support to which they are entitled.

The drop-in day will be held between 10am - 3.30pm at the Macmillan Pod at Colchester Hospital, and will help to raise awareness of carers' rights in the community. A Macmillan Benefits Advisor, Benefits Support Officer and a Macmillan Support Worker from Action for Family Carers and Colchester Borough Council will be on hand to answer any questions about carers rights and the sort of financial support available to people affected by cancer.

Wendy Bailey, Services Project Manager for South and East England, said: "If you are looking after a loved one with cancer, you may have extra costs such as transport, heating or a special diet for them. You may have given up work or reduced your hours to care. Our event will provide vital advice and information to anyone looking after a family member or friend with cancer to make sure they know their rights to financial and practical support."

Councillor Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities at Colchester Borough Council, said: "It's incredibly important that cancer patients and their carers are aware of the financial support available to them, during what is a very difficult time. I would encourage carers to come along to this event, where our friendly Welfare Benefits Team will be available throughout the day offering free advice and information."

There are almost 1.5 million carers supporting a loved one through cancer in the UK. However, less than half are accessing support Visit macmillan.org.uk/carers for more information.

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