A lot of us have had the chance to put our feet up at some point this Christmas, but for the nurses at Marie Curie on the south coast they've not been taking a break.
Like many health professionals, some of the Marie Curie Nurses have been spending time away from their loved ones over Christmas, so that they can provide care for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes. For many terminally ill people it would not be possible to remain at home surrounded by their friends and family without the help and support of the Marie Curie Nursing Service, which is completely free of charge to patients and their families. Marie Curie Nurses provide free care, often at night, so that carers and family members can take a break, spend time with their loved one or simply get a good night’s sleep.
The charity is now calling for people across Dorset to sign up as volunteer collectors and help raise funds for our Great Daffodil Appeal in the New Year. You can call 0845 601 3107 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil for more information.
There are 63 Marie Curie Nurses working across Dorset. Last year they provided 38,819 hours of free nursing care to terminally ill people in their own homes.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie Cancer Care’s biggest annual fundraiser and encourages everyone to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin in March. All money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to terminally ill people in their own homes.
Marie Curie Cancer Care needs local volunteer collectors and collection organisers to help make its Great Daffodil Appeal 2012 a success. The Great Daffodil Appeal in 2011 raised £5.7million nationwide. The first Great Daffodil Appeal was in 1986 and since it started the appeal has raised over £35million for Marie Curie Cancer Care.