Blood cancer patients are one of the most vulnerable groups of people at risk of COVID-19, according to research, being 57% more likely to suffer severe disease compared to other cancer patients.
Despite the high risk these patients face, charities such as Anthony Nolan, which assist blood cancer patients with finding a stem cell match, were left out of the allocated government budget that was announced in March.
The cancellation of face-to-face fundraising and events, despite the increase in demand for services, have led their gross income to be down by an estimated £5.5m for 2021.
Henny Braund, chief executive of the charity, said people with blood cancer and blood disorders were “heavily impacted by the pandemic and everyone who needs treatment and support must be able to access it without delay”.
Source: The Independent, 9 May 2021