Patient’s relief

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A WIDOWED cancer patient from Sheffield has seen her fuel bills halve thanks to a partnership between a charity and an energy firm.

Macmillan Cancer Support has joined up with npower to help more than 500 customers through the Fuel Management Programme, which gives clients affected by cancer a reduced payment plan to help them at a time when their energy needs have grown but their income has often dropped.

Angela Buchanan, from Hackenthorpe, said the news her monthly bills had reduced by half was a welcome relief.

The 64-year-old said: “My husband Robert used to do all the paperwork so I didn’t have to deal or worry about any of it.

“After his death, I was so worried about money and very scared to put on the heating - even during the real cold I’d just put it on for an hour, wrap up in lots of layers, and go to bed very early. It was awful because feeling cold meant I felt pain so much more, too.”

The initiative ensures customers affected do not spend more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel - the level at which they in ‘fuel poverty’.