Maureen Watt MSP joined Marie Curie Cancer Care at the Scottish Parliament 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, Maureen spoke to Marie Curie nurses and staff about the free end of life care available to local communities across Scotland.
During the event Maureen 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.
Maureen said: “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to meet with staff and nurses and learn more about the vital work which Marie Curie Cancer Care is doing in communities across Scotland.
“The support which the charity provides, particularly through end of life care, is invaluable and it is essential that we do all we can to support their work.
“Indeed, that the vast majority of the charity’s work is funded through donations only serves to emphasise the importance of continued support.
“I would therefore urge anyone who hasn’t already bought a daffodil pin to consider doing so, and play their part in furthering the good work of Marie Curie Cancer Care.”
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.