Helping Hand Fund About the fund At Leukaemia UK we are committed to supporting those living with a blood cancer and their families through difficult times. We understand that worrying about money is the last thing you need when you are dealing with a blood cancer diagnosis or helping a loved one cope with treatment. To help ease financial concerns we offer a ‘Helping Hand’. Our Helping Hand Fund provides awards of a fixed amount of £200 as a one-off payment. The aim of the awards is to make life more manageable, we'll help if we can. The Helping Hand Fund operates on a yearly basis. There is no closing date. Applications are assessed on a monthly basis and awards are distributed on a first come, first served basis. We currently have a limit of approving 10 applications per month. Any excess applications will be held over until the following month. What can the fund be used for? The award is intended to help pay for a specific practical need, dependent on your particular circumstances. There are no specific restrictions for use of the award. Some examples below: Heating bills- the ability to turn up the heating when someone is feeling unwell. Travel costs- extra cost of parking or taxis for hospital visits. Access to the internet during times of isolation. New clothes- changes to size during treatment. Help with the weekly food bill. Who can apply? We welcome applications from patients, or a family member on the patient’s behalf, when a blood cancer diagnosis or treatment is causing financial worries. How to apply for a Helping Hand? Since January we have seen a 246% increase in applications to our Helping Hand assistance grants fund. We have had to pause the fund and will not be accepting any new applications at this time. If you would like to speak with a member of the team please contact us by email. Note: Any application will require confirmation of the patient’s medical condition and eligibility by their doctor or specialist nurse. Normally a ‘physical signature’ is required on the application form but in current circumstances we will accept an official email from your doctor or nurse. A copy of a supporting letter will also be acceptable.