MACMILLAN Scotland has helped scores of cancer sufferers after topping the Vote that Counts poll north of the border.
The charity not only received £50,000 but discovered a new online audience and gave its supporters a simple and easy way to offer their backing.
Winning the funding allowed Macmillan Scotland to help many people including Rosemary, a mum diagnosed with incurable lung and bone cancer.
Rosemary was given help from one of Macmillan’s benefits advice projects to help her claim the government money she was entitled to after she was forced to give up work.
She said: “My income is half what it was, but my costs have actually gone up since I was diagnosed with cancer. I knew I had to claim benefits but when you have worked all your life you don’t know anything about the benefits system.
”Without Macmillan I don’t know what I would have done. When I tried to claim benefits I was told I would need to make a claim over the phone and that it would take 45 minutes. That had me in tears and I’m so grateful Macmillan was there to help me through it.”
The funds received from People’s Postcode Trust and the Vote that Counts campaign provided a Macmillan benefits adviser for over a year and a half.
And in almost a year since receiving the cash they have helped almost 400 people affected by cancer.