“To suddenly go from full time employment to sick pay put a huge strain on my family, especially when trying to manage getting to and from appointments with only one vehicle and children that needed to get to school.

“It was hard enough going through the diagnosis and treatment without having to try and work out what support we could get to help us with everyday living. We hadn’t needed benefits before so it was all new to us.

“Citizens Advice Cornwall helped us work through it all and find what we were and weren’t entitled to, which saved us so much time and stress enabling us to focus on other things.” – Ian

Citizens Advice Cornwall is a charity providing free, independent and confidential advice on a wide range of subjects for everyone in the community. Their vital services include advice on welfare benefits, debt, housing, relationship issues, employment and redundancy, consumer, legal issues and more.

Last year Citizens Advice Cornwall helped over 9,000 people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly writing-off debt worth over £1 million and gaining income worth £8.1 million.

There are lots of ways you can help us to continue to support people like Ian across Cornwall: make a donation, gifts in kind, volunteering, sponsorship, payroll giving, events or by making us your charity of the year.

Why not make a donation today text GIVECA followed by your donation amount to 70085*

For free confidential advice on Benefits, Energy, Debt, Housing Issues, Work, Immigration, Consumer Issues and more Text ADVICE to 78866

* Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message, and you’ll be opting into hearing more from us. If you would like to donate but don’t wish to hear more from us, please text GIVECANOINFO instead.

Registered Charity Number: 1096193