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 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 also be considered towards the cost of items such as the supply of mastectomy bras and swimwear, special Lymphoedema sleeves, or for educational and training purposes, or help towards the cost of transport to the hospital for treatment.
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 Trustee responsible, via a confidential mobile phone line:
They 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.
One of the aims of the charity is to provide practical support to our members to help them in the next phase of their life after treatment. We realise that many of our members may want to undertake a new challenge or employment but have been unable to do so because of financial constraints. The purpose of this bursary is to assist you to realise that opportunity.
How much will HER Breast Friends bursary fund provide?
The charity will supply a maximum of £500 per annum.
What can the money be used for?
Examples would be
- For a course of study which is approved by the Board
- For any equipment that may be required to support you
- To help you put together a CV or improve your interview skills.
We do not want to be too prescriptive with this list as there is a danger we may stifle your ambitions. Be bold and if we can help we will.
How to apply?
- Provide your name, address, telephone number and Email address (if you have one).
- Submit a short statement (maximum 500 words) describing how you will spend the bursary and what difference it will make.
- Submit your application to the Charity Manager
The decision making process
A panel of three trustees will consider the request and in doing so may want an informal chat with you to ensure they have all the information they may need in order to make a decision.
If you want to discuss a possible bursary application but are unsure if your idea/request fits this bursary scheme please contact the Charity manager in the first instance.