I have three friends that have recently been diagnosed with cancer. All three are receiving debilitating chemotherapy treatment, one of my friends has stage 4 cancer that has spread to their bone marrow.
Whilst I'm in awe of their courage and the way in which they are fighting this dreadful disease, I'm appalled at the lack of financial support. Whilst my step dad is a pensioner and suffering from prostate cancer, my other friends are aged 47 and 61 and are totally dependent on SSP of £92.05 each week. This simply isn't enough to live on and pay a mortgage. I've therefore launched a fundraising campaign and have, so far, managed to scrape together £5k from holding cake sales, bucket collections and spring fairs. It's been really hard. Equally its been incredibly humbling how many people have donated, even though I have often felt embarassed asking people to donate so that friends can pay their everyday bills.
I am, however, appalled by the system and complete lack of support. I have therefore launched an on-line petition and would appreciate your support to fight this inequality. You can sign the petition via this link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/215775
Moving forward, I am concerned how they are going to manage. I would therefore be interested in how difficult it was to secure PIP after the 3 month eligibility criteria. If there's literally no chance getting the benefit, I will have to continue to fundraise.