HER Breast Friends isn’t a grant giving organisation but we do recognise that occasionally a small amount of financial help is the best way we can support someone with breast cancer.
A breast cancer diagnosis can mean extra expenses that may be difficult or sometimes impossible to fund for those already on a low or reduced income, so in 2011 the charity set up a small Support Fund.
Of course, we will always try to help where we can but the amount of money available for these grants is limited so please be aware that we can usually only offer this kind of support once.
Who is eligible?
The Support Fund is open for applications from anyone who has received treatment for breast cancer, is living within our defined area of operation, and has a specific need for support from this fund. You can apply yourself, or applications are also welcomed, on your behalf, from a member of your health care team.
What is the maximum award and what can it be used for?
The maximum award is up the value of £100 and can only be used for the benefit of the person nominated.
Support from the fund can be requested for items that provide practical, emotional or spiritual therapeutic benefits, or improve the quality of life of the beneficiary. Applications from those in need will be also be considered towards the cost of items such as the supply of mastectomy bras and swimwear, special Lymphoedema sleeves, or for educational or training purposes.
However we will not normally fund items that can be funded elsewhere, unless sufficient evidence is given to support the application. For example, prosthesis, wigs, or Lymphoedema sleeves the applicant may be asked to check NHS or other entitlements first.
How to apply?
Initial enquiries can be made in confidence directly to the Vice Chairman via a confidential mobile phone line:
She will then discuss with you your request for support, and send a copy of the application form to you for completion.
Applications are dealt with on a monthly basis and if successful a direct bank payment or cheque will be paid.
You will be given details of the expected time scales once your completed application form has been returned.
Other ways we help
We always try and take a flexible approach when looking at ways to support and help those affected by breast cancer.
Sometimes it is achieved by doing the simplest of things, other times it takes more time and resources, but we always try to help if we can. On those rare occasions when we can’t help we will often know from our own experience the people who can and we are able to act as a supportive link.
Small grants from the HER Breast Friends Support Fund are just one way we can help those in need, so please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.