Blog: Money-saving tips at and after Christmas

Monday 24 December 2018

Blog: Money-saving tips at and after Christmas

Christmas can be a particularly expensive time of year – buying presents, hosting family and friends, or travelling to visit others. This can cause a lot of stress - even more so, if your finances have been affected by a brain tumour diagnosis.

If so, you may find the following tips on saving money helpful.

Benefits Clinic

As well as Denise's money-saving tips, we've also partnered with Citizens Advice to provide a weekly benefits clinic, to make sure people are getting the benefits they're entitled to. It offers specialist benefits advice and assistance specifically to people affected by brain tumours.

Our benefits clinic takes place every Tuesday, with telephone appointments available from 9.30am to 4.00pm.

Our benefits adviser (Denise) can answer your questions about claiming benefits and help explain what financial support, unemployment benefits or disability benefits you might be entitled to, such as Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Attendance Allowance or the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

She can also assist with:

  • benefits application processes
  • benefits appeal processes
  • benefits eligibility criteria
  • general benefits enquiries.

To book an appointment, call our Information and Support line on 0808 800 0004 or email

Christmas opening hours

Monday 24 December 9am to 3pm
Tuesday 25 December Closed
Wednesday 26 December Closed
Thursday 27 December 10am to 3pm
Friday 28 December 10am to 3pm
Saturday 29 December Closed
Sunday 30 December Closed
Monday 31 December 10am to 3pm
Tuesday 1 January Closed
Wednesday 2 January Open as usual 9am to 9pm

If you need urgent help or support outside our working hours

If you are concerned about your health

Please contact your GP immediately, who may direct you to an out-of-hours service. Alternatively if you need to speak to someone urgently, please contact:

  • NHS (England) - 111
  • NHS Direct (Wales) - 0845 46 47 or 111 if available in your area (Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire or Ystradgynlais in Powys). Calls to 0845 46 47 from landlines are charged at a local rate, but can be significantly more from a mobile phone; calls to 111 are free.
  • NHS 24 (Scotland) - 111
  • If you live in Northern Ireland, please dial 999 or your out-of-hours GP service.
    To find the out-of-hours number for your area, visit
  • Or in an emergency, visit A&E or dial 999

If you need emotional support

Please phone one of these FREE helplines:

  • Samaritans (UK wide) Call: 116 123 anytime
  • Childline (UK wide) - for children and young people under 19 - 0800 1111 anytime
  • HopelineUK (UK wide) - for children and young people up to the age of 35 - 0800 068 4141. Mon - Fri 10am-10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm-10pm
  • The Silver Line (UK wide) - for older people aged 55 or over - 0800 4 70 80 90 anytime
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) (UK wide) - for men. 0800 58 58 58. 5pm - midnight, every day

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