20th Jan, 2019

Marie Curie looking for more volunteers to help raise funds to support hospice services

Sarah Mason 9th Jan, 2019

SOLIHULL’S Marie Curie Hospice has been working hard over the past year to help patients and their families in their hour of need.

The next 12 months will be no different and there are a number of fundraising events to support services at the Marsh Lane site.

In March the annual local Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal will be under way and there are calls for people to join in and help support those with terminal illness and their families.

Marie Curie says the Daffodil Appeal is urgently needed as one in four people currently doesn’t receive the care and support they need at the end of their life, and with the population getting older, demand on the charity’s services is set to increase.

The money raised will help Marie Curie nurses and the services at the Solihull hospice care for more people living with a terminal illness, providing them with vital one-to-one nursing care and support.

Marie Curie community fundraiser for Solihull, Amy McNaughton-Brown, said: “Volunteering to collect donations in return for daffodil pins is a fun and easy way to get involved in the local community.

“You can collect with a friend or partner and know that you are helping Marie Curie be there when we are needed most.”

As ever charitable residents have lined up a number of events to help boost coffers in Solihull in 2019.

Marie Curie supporter Simon Green will be cycling from the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospice to the Solihull Hospice in memory of his mother-in-law, Lynda Daniel, who passed away in the Marie Curie Solihull Hospice in the summer.

Simon said: “Lynda was a wonderful woman who was a big part of the community running the local ice skating club and being active as a lunch supervisor at the local school St Andrews in Olton.

“I have never met a more dedicated woman towards work and family.

“She fought cancer for many years never once complaining. Her family loved her so much, she leaves a very big hole in all our lives.

“She was married to husband Greg for 50 years and her daughter’s and grandchildren will miss her always.

“Myself and my sister-in-law (Lynda’s daughter, Sarah Matthews) are fundraising for Marie Curie by cycling from their hospice in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to the Solihull Hospice in June next year.

“I want to thank all the staff at the Marie Curie hospice in Solihull for everything they have done for the family so that is why it’s time to give back something for all the care and compassion the staff at the hospice showed us”

For more on Simon and Sarah’s challenge or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-green52

To sign up to your nearest collection visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/collecting or call Amy on 0121 703 3715.

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