John was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and had to give up work. As a result, his family had to get by on benefits whilst John underwent treatment. Meanwhile, the list of unpaid bills continued to grow and his wife was really struggling to look after him.
John felt as if his life was falling apart. He could see that his illness was putting a huge strain on his wife and kids, and having to worry about money on top of everything else was making the situation worse.
Noticing that he appeared very anxious, John's nurse convinced him to call Barclaycard and let us know what was happening.
When he rang us, John got through to one of our support team, Steve.
John was very apprehensive about ringing Barclaycard, but felt relieved once the call was over. Steve was reassuring, acknowledged John's situation and gave him the advice he needed to take back control of his finances and put his mind at rest.
We know your debts aren't going to disappear on their own, but we really can help. If you get in touch, we'll ask you about your income and outgoings so you can feel confident you're only repaying what you can really afford. And your priority payments – Council Tax, rent/mortgage repayments and household bills – will always come first.
It's probably the last thing you want to do, but giving us a call won’t make anything worse. We won't spring any surprises on you; our advisers are here to listen, understand and agree a solution with you – not demand payments you can’t afford.
You can rest assured, we’ll ask your permission before we do anything and check how you feel about your other finances.
We'll try to provide you with help that’s clear, practical and easy to understand. Also, we'll advise you where to find free and independent help.
Calls to 0800 and 0808 numbers are free from UK landlines.
Mobile charges may vary.
Calls to 03 numbers use free plan minutes if available – otherwise they cost the same as calls to 01/02 prefix numbers.
The line is free and open 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday, and 9am - 2pm Saturday.
If you're struggling with a few different debts or money worries in general, there are organisations that may be able to help:
Cancer is one of the toughest fights most of us will ever face. But you don't have to go through it alone.
For answers, support or just a chat, get in touch with MacMillan.
Find out if you're getting all the money you could be entitled to.
Visit entitledto and use their free benefits calculator to understand if financial support is available.
To protect the privacy of our customers, we have used photographs of actors and fictitious names, but they are based on real situations.
If you're worried that you need help with your finances then you can try StepChange Debt Charity's 60-second debt test. By answering a few simple questions they'll be able to tell you if you need debt advice.
National Debtline is a third party charity offering free independent advice on how to deal with your debts. For practical advice about your options, chat online with a National Debtline advisor*.
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