There is a lot of support for bowel cancer, in the UK, through agencies and charities. Here you will find a selection of some of the more well-known. However, if you cannot find what you are looking for, please feel free to ask our friendly team for some help in getting you to the right place for support.

This page is divided into 4 sections:

  1. Support for Bowel Cancer.
  2. Where to find local support for Bowel Cancer.
  3. Support if you have suffered bereavement.
  4. Where to go for financial advice and support

Beating Bowel Cancer

When bowel cancer hits, it can be hard to know where to turn. Beating Bowel Cancer runs the UK’s only nurse-led specialist helpline for bowel cancer, which patients call a ‘lifeline’. Their nurse advisors are on hand to offer support and answer your questions and concerns. Whatever your situation, their  nurses will always listen and be supportive.

If you are worried about any aspect of the disease – if you have symptoms and don’t know what to do, if you have just been diagnosed, or have questions about treatment options or living with the physical effects of bowel cancer – then do call their confidential helpline.

Helpline: 020 8973 0011

Helpline opening hours:

Monday to Thursday -9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Friday -9.00 am to 4.00 pm


Bowel Cancer Support UK

Bowel Cancer Support UK is aimed at young adults (20’s, 30’s & 40’s) but they never turn down a chat with anyone just because they over 50 and are happy to help. They believe that there is lots of help out there for the over 50’s and that the young adults need that little bit extra.

They have a team, not of medically qualified doctors and nurses but of people who have been touched or lost a loved one to bowel cancer and have a good understanding how you feel and share the emotions that you are going through, who can then advise the individual on the help available out there. They also have support for your partners and carers as they will also need support so that they can support you.


Call: 020 3685 3924

Other services provided are;

Support Networks, Events, Fundraising, Volunteering, Forum’s, Latest News, Shop, Donate, Integrated Medicine & Holistic Therapies, Clinical Trials, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google plus more.


Find Your Local Support for Bowel Cancer Information and Services.

Use the link below and enter your postcode:


Can answer questions about cancer and to find local groups providing support for bowel cancer:


Shine exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis:


Compassionate Friends

Helpline number 08451 232 304


National organisation offering friendship and support to grieving parents and families who have lost a child of any age for any reason, including illness.  Support in the form of befriending rather than counselling is offered by bereaved parents and/or siblings.  They offer a postal library, newsletter, personal contacts, support groups and a range of specific leaflets.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Telephone number 0208 939 9530.


National bereavement organisation offers comprehensive service of counselling by trained and selected people, advice on practical matters and opportunities for social contact.  Monthly magazine and other literature.  Many branches offer social contact and practical advice.  Also training for those who work with the bereaved.

British Association for Counselling

Telephone number 0870 443 5252.


Dedicated to the promotion of counselling and maintenance of standards and training and practice, providing information on training and lists of local counsellors on receipt of a S.A.E.

The Samaritans


They are there round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call them



The Money Advice Service

For advice on benefits entitlement and financial matters, we recommend you seek further information via your local authority website for local support services or at The Money Advice Service:

Macmillan benefits advisers for people affected by cancer

A Macmillan benefits adviser can help you work out what financial help you can get. They offer specialist advice to help ease money worries, including information on benefits, tax credits, grants and loans. They can provide advice by telephone, face-to-face and home visits. This service is for anyone affected by cancer.

Find a Macmillan benefits adviser near you

Age UK benefits advice for older people

Age UK is for those over State Pension age and living in the area covered by the local branch. Some local branches of Age UK offer a free, confidential benefits advice service. Practical assistance to make sure you’re getting all the benefits to which you are entitled. They can provide advice by telephone, face-to-face and home visits and help with completing forms.

Telephone the Age UK Helpline: 0800 169 6565 (8am-7pm, 365 days a year)

Website:  Age UK website

Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline

Gingerbread provides advice and practical support for single parents, including advice on benefits and tax credits.

You can call free on 0808 802 0925 (Monday: 10am to 6pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am to 4pm, Wednesday: 10am-1pm and 5pm-7pm)

Debt advice

If you’re worried about keeping up with debt repayments there is lots of free, confidential help and advice available. Find out more by following the link below:

Where to go to get free debt advice

Housing advice

If you have rent or mortgage arrears or you’re worried about losing your home, Shelter offers confidential advice on a range of housing issues.

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