THE news that energy prices will drop from October will be good news for many.

But for your readers who are living with a terminal illness, we know that many will still be worried about how they will pay their bills.

Dying people have been experiencing a cost-of-living crisis long before the energy price cap skyrocketed. They typically need to keep their houses warmer than average and run vital medical equipment that reduces their pain, keeps them comfortable, and in some instances, alive.

My colleagues are constantly supporting people living with a terminal illness, or their families, who are worrying about how to pay their latest gas or electric bill.

In partnership with the UK Gas Distribution Networks – SGN, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks and Wales & West Utilities – we have now recruited two energy support officers, who are waiting on the end of a telephone to provide support and information around energy bills and the cost of living, including information on benefits, supplier-specific support, grants and energy efficiency updates.

Nobody should spend the end of their life worried about the cost of energy. If your readers need help, then please ask them to call the Marie Curie support line, for free, on 0800 090 2309 and ask to speak to our energy support officers.

Matt Williams, Marie Curie associate director of information and support