Stuart McMillan MSP praises Inverclyde support for Marie Curie

Stuart McMillan MSP is urging people across Inverclyde to support Marie Curie to improve the lives of people living with terminal illness by becoming local fundraising volunteers.

Marie Curie is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses, who provide free one-to-one nursing care and support to people with a terminal illness and their families, in the comfort of their own home. But, the charity does much more. Marie Curie also provides a confidential support line, funds vital research on how to improve care for people at the end of their life, and campaigns around improving access to care services for everyone living with a terminal illness.

Last year, working in partnership with Inverclyde’s Health and Social Care Partnership, the charity carried out 239 visits seeing 49 people in Inverclyde.

Marie Curie relies on the generosity of the local community to support its nursing service through its volunteer led Inverclyde Fundraising Group and a local store in Port Glasgow.

(From L to R) Margaret Lambie, Clinical Nurse Manager, Marie Curie, Stuart McMillan MSP, Yvonne Sondh, Community Fundraiser, Argyll & Bute, Renfrewshire & Clyde, Marie Curie

Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“I am very much aware of the excellent and vitally important work Marie Curie deliver locally on a daily basis and I pay tribute to everyone involved.

“They couldn’t deliver the frontline work without the help of a volunteer base.

“Locally, there will be many households who have come into contact with Marie Curie who have that experience of the care and dedication that they bring.

“I would encourage anyone considering volunteering with Marie Curie to get in touch with them to see how they can help.”

Yvonne Sondh, Community Fundraiser, Argyll & Bute, Renfrewshire & Clyde, Marie Curie said:

“It is so important that everyone gets the care they need but sadly one in four people in Scotland aren’t getting that care. Marie Curie needs your support, so we can reach more people when they need us most.

“We have some great volunteers across Inverclyde who organise and carry out collections every March as part of Great Daffodil Appeal or organise a Blooming Great Tea Party, but we always need more help. If you can spare just a few hours every month then it could help us to fund more hours of nursing care, more research and more campaign work.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for Marie Curie can contact Yvonne Sondh, Community Fundraiser, Argyll & Bute, Renfrewshire & Clyde, Marie Curie on 07771 963622 or yvonne.sondh@mariecurie.org.uk

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