Mark Lay Foundation

The Mark Lay Foundation's purpose is to support families in the UK who are affected by cancer, by providing financial grants to people who cannot afford to take a holiday or short break.

The grant scheme provides eligible families with financial support if they cannot afford to take a break from the gruelling day-to-day life of cancer and haven’t had the chance to create lasting memories together.

Last updated on 17 January 2020

Who is eligible?

People with cancer (and their families) in the UK whose condition has been diagnosed as 'life limiting' or who have been living with cancer for 18 months or more.

The household income must not exceed £60,000 per year. (This amount must include anyone contributing to the running of the household.)

Applicants must not have received a grant from the Mark Lay Foundation before.

Grants are given to help pay for: Holidays, short breaks, days out.

How to apply?

Grants are given directly to the individual/family.

Applications can be made directly by the individual with cancer or a family member.

Applications should be made via the Mark Lay Foundation website on the Grants Scheme page. Please read the eligibility criteria first.  If you think you qualify for help, click the 'Apply Now'. A member of the Mark Lay Foundation team should be in touch with you within 5-7 working days and a simple application form will be sent to you in the post.

The charity takes around three weeks to process applications once the application form is received.  It replies to all applicants, whether or not it can help.

Documents required

The applicant will need to submit either copies of three month's payslips or their latest P60.

The charity requires a letter from the person with cancer's GP or consultant, declaring that the applicant is fit to travel and confirming their diagnosis.

Contact details

Mark Lay Foundation
53 Tilletts Lane
West Sussex
RH12 3RE

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