Marie Curie Cancer Care Launches The Cornwall Nursing Appeal


With £250,000 needed to fund the Marie Curie Nursing Service this year, Marie Curie Cancer Care has launched its first ever local Nursing Appeal in Cornwall.

Marie Curie Nurse Cathy O’Callaghan, who is launching the appeal, is one of 27 Marie Curie Nurses in Cornwall who provides a free nursing service for terminally ill people who want to be cared for at home at the end of their lives.

Last year, Cathy and her colleagues provided more than 15,000 hours of care to people with cancer and other terminal illnesses in Cornwall.

Marie Curie Cancer Care has been campaigning for increased investment in end of life care and with increased awareness of the charity’s nursing service, demand is growing.

The charity needs to raise £250,000 to fund the nursing service in Cornwall this year.

Cathy said “Most people would want to die at home if they were terminally ill but only about a quarter of people get that wish. Cornwall Marie Curie Nurses want to help more people who live locally but we can only do it with your support. Every single donation, big or small, will help nurses like me care for more people in Cornwall. Thank you, on behalf of future patients, for whatever you can give”.

Working with the NHS and other local partners, Marie Curie Cancer Care aims to double the number of people with a terminal illness who die at home in Cornwall by 2013.

There are lots of ways you can support your local Nursing Appeal. You can raise funds through taking on challenges like trekking or mountain biking, volunteering your time, hosting an event for us such as a Tea Party, supporting our Great Daffodil Appeal in March or taking part in one of our exciting events like the Ladies Driving Challenge at RAF Portreath on Sunday 6 September.

For more information please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/cornwall or call 01872 260500.

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