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The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Bus is heading to Macclesfield later this month (February 2019) as part of its mission to provide advice and support in the community.

National commercial property and investment company LCP has joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support to bring the bus to Thornton Square in the town on Monday, February 18.

LCP, which manages the shopping precinct, is arranging for the bus to visit a number of its sites in the North West over the next few months.

The support team will be highlighting issues around the financial impact of cancer. Macmillan research shows that four in five people with cancer are £570 a month worse off as a result of their diagnosis1. This is often due to being unable to work and having increased costs such as travel to hospital or increased fuel bills.

The charity says although finances might not be a person’s first thought, many are faced with extra costs they hadn't considered.

Jo Trask, a Macmillan information and support specialist on the unit, said: “The mobile information service is free and it is where anyone with a cancer diagnosis, or a friend or relative who is affected by cancer, can ask us for confidential advice and support.

“People can drop in at any time – no appointment is necessary – to talk to our team of cancer information specialists. As a charity, we exist to support anyone affected by cancer, whether that is medically, financially, emotionally and practically.  We encourage anyone with worries relating to cancer to stop by.

Martin Wade, asset manager at LCP, said: “We recognise that it’s important for people to have access to facilities such as the information and support bus in their communities and we were keen not only to accommodate Macmillan Cancer Support in its request to come to Thornton Square, but also to provide other of our shopping parades and retail sites for the charity to use.”

Macmillan Cancer Support’s bus, Basil – which is one of six of the charity’s buses – will be parked in Thornton Square, Macclesfield, on Monday, February 18, from 10am until 4pm.

Anyone wanting to speak to the team should call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk. For further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service, and planned visits, go to www.macmillan.org.uk/mobileinfo