Christmas is a very unique time to be spent with our families and loved ones and we need your help to make this possible for people with terminal illnesses. Marie Curie Cancer Care Nurses make sure that people have comfort and support at a very joyful, but stressful time of the year.
As well as symptom pain relief, our nurses provide emotional support to the families and their loved ones. Christmas is a special time to think of others, especially the families who are caring for their terminally ill loved ones at home. We allow families to make the most of the precious time they have left together.
Cherida Plumb, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care explains why this time of year means so much to her and why she chooses to give to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
"My Mother sadly passed away in April of this year, after a long battle with cancer, and not only is it our first Christmas without her, but Christmas Day is also her birthday and the anniversary of my Father's death. This is why, at Christmas, my thoughts turn to those in need. I always try and do my bit and make room in my Christmas budget to donate to charity in memory of my own parents. "
Marie Curie Nurses do not take a break over Christmas, they work throughout the Christmas period providing much needed support for terminally ill people. This Christmas we need your donations to support our nursing service in Warwickshire so that Marie Curie Cancer Care Nurses can provide comfort and support for terminally ill people. Given the choice, most of us would want to die at home, surrounded by the people we cherish. But the sad fact is, every five minutes someone in the UK dies without the care they need at the end of their life. That's why we urgently need your support. Give today and just £5 will pay for a bereavement booklet to help a child who has lost their relative and £20 will pay for one hour of a Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses time to care for someone with a terminal illness in their own home.
Spare a thought for those who are ill at Christmas and your money will go to supply Marie Curie Nurses to your area.
For more information visit, www.mariecurie.org.uk/fundraising and go to "send in your money" to find out how you can donate this Christmas or, alternatively, send a cheque to Marie Curie Cancer Care, Warwickshire Fundraising Office, Unit 9 Mobbs Miller House, Ardington Road, Northampton, NN1 5LP.
To get help from Marie Curie Cancer Care, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse. For more information, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk.
Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK's largest charities. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it provided care to more than 35,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its nine hospices last year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
Around 70 per cent of the charity's income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of our funds coming from the NHS.
Marie Curie Nurses The charity is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end of life care, totally free for patients in their own homes.
The right to die in place of choice
• Every 5 minutes someone in the UK dies without the care they need at the end of their life.
• Research shows around 63 per cent of people would like to die at home if they had a terminal illness, with a sizeable minority opting for hospice care.
• More than 50 per cent of cancer deaths still occur in hospital, the place people say they would least like to be.
• Since 2004 Marie Curie Cancer Care has been campaigning for more patients to be able to make the choice to be cared for and die in their place of choice.
Source: Marie Curie Cancer Care