Angus MacDonald MSP Joins Marie Curie Cancer Care at Scottish Parliament
Thursday, 14 March 2013 14:15
Angus MacDonald joined Marie Curie Cancer Care at the Scottish Parliament this week to learn more about the work carried about by the charity to provide free end of life care to people with terminal illnesses.
Sporting one of the charity’s daffodil pins in support of the annual Great Daffodil Appeal, Angus MacDonald spoke to Marie Curie nurses and staff about the free end of life care available to local communities across Scotland.
During the event, sponsored by Mary Scanlon MSP, Angus MacDonald was also informed about the importance of donations in helping Marie Curie nurses provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes or one of the charity’s hospices. Every 5 minutes someone in the UK dies without the care they need at the end of their life. Each donation received by Marie Curie helps look after more people at the end of their life in their place of choice.
People across Falkirk East can support Marie Curie Cancer Care by:
- Raising awareness by making a donation and wearing a daffodil pin in March.
- Leaving a gift in their will.
- Taking part in one of Marie Curie’s events – there is something to suit everyone from highland walks to skinny dips.
- Joining a fundraising group and helping with fundraising in their local community.
- Volunteering their time – from supporting Marie Curie’s shops and hospices to helping at events.
Mr MacDonald commented,
“I am pleased to highlight the excellent work of Marie Curie Cancer Care and would urge local people to support the Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Marie Curie nurses provide a high quality and dedicated service in patients’ own homes which means they do not suffer the additional stress of being away from their families at this crucial time in their lives.
“The charity is experiencing increased demand for their service so fund raising is a key priority for them and I wish them well during this campaign.”
Commenting upon the importance of continued support for the charity, Emily Hogg, Legacy Adviser who organised the event for Marie Curie said:
“Every March, people can support our Great Daffodil Appeal by making a donation and wearing one of our daffodil pins. However, there are many ways for people to support Marie Curie all year round. For example, we depend greatly on the donations left to us in Wills and every gift, whatever size, helps us to meet the challenges of providing free care for terminally ill patients. Currently Gifts left in Wills fund the equivalent of two in every three Marie Curie Nurses so are a vital income stream to the charity.”
To access a Marie Curie Nurse, speak to your GP or district nurse.
For more information on any of the above, please visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk.