Who are Marie Curie?
The charity also runs nine hospices in major cities across the UK that provide specialist care to people living with a terminal illness. They also have a growing network of Helper volunteers who provide weekly companionship to people living with a terminal illness.
In addition, three new services launched this year; a free helpline, online community and information hub; meaning that Marie Curie can now be there for even more people affected by terminal illness.
What makes Marie Curie different?
Marie Curie is the UK’s largest and most influential charity dedicated to end of life care, helping people with terminal illnesses get the most from the time they have left. The charity covers 94% of the UK population, giving supporters’ confidence that every pound they raise can help make a real difference in their local community.
Did you know?
That one hour of nursing care costs just £20
Marie Curie now cares for people with all kinds of terminal illnesses, including Cancer, Parkinsons, Motor Neurone disease and Dementia, although approximately 76% of the people they care for has a terminal cancer
Marie Curie are the largest provider of hospice beds in the UK outside of the NHS
‘Dad was a very active person but became ill in spring 2013 with a cough and fluid on his right lung and in April 2014 he had a thrombosis in his right arm and multiple clots due to the cancer. We had carers coming in twice a day as his health was deteriorating and whilst we did as much as we could, mum was struggling to cope...our district nurse suggested contacting Marie Curie nurses.
The nurses allowed us to spend quality time with Dad as we were feeling less tired and more able to cope with what lay ahead. They became friends in the short amount of time we spent with them. We cannot thank them enough, they brought smiles where there was sorrow and made Dad’s passing easier for us to deal with’.
Diane’s father Alan Pearson passed away of lung cancer after being cared for by Marie Curie.
For more information on Marie Curie and how to support them, please visit mariecurie.org.uk