BIG-HEARTED Courier readers have helped to smash our £80,000 target for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Last year we launched an appeal to raise funds for the vital work of the charity’s nurses in Calderdale. The team has never been busier and, together with the Courier, urged local residents to dig deep so their work could continue.
Marie Curie nurse Joanna Bond, of Brighouse – who was the face of the campaign – said: “It’s overwhelming. I’m absolutely delighted and want to say a big thank you to everyone.
“Every pound is needed and this will enable the nurses to give more care to patients in Calderdale. I’m thrilled to bits.”
Courier editor Tim Robinson said: “It’s fantastic news that we’ve reached the target in this campaign for such an incredibly worthy cause.
“Cancer touches everyone’s life and the Marie Curie nurses make a big difference to so many people every year.
“Thank you, Courier readers, for pitching in and raising this amazing amount of money.”
The nurses provide vital care for terminally-ill patients, allowing them to spend their final days in their own homes.
Last year, they spent more than 3,479 hours nursing in Calderale, costing £45,383.
Local fund-raiser Ann Hodgson said: “We are delighted to have raised this fantastic amount.
“It’s been wonderful to see the amount of local support for Marie Curie Nurses who work to provide free care to patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes.
“The community has really embraced the cause and have taken part in all sorts of fundraising activities to help raise funds.
“We’ve seen a fantastic turnout for our Great Daffodil Appeal collections which took place in supermarkets and on the street.
“This summer many fund-raising groups donned aprons to bake cakes and pour tea for their own Blooming Great Tea Parties, including seven-year-old Olivia Sylge who organised tea parties at home and at her school.
“We are so thankful for everyone’s support.”
Ms Hodgson added: “There is still a need for ongoing funding and Marie Curie Cancer Care is asking the community to continue to support their local Marie Curie Nurses.
“We believe everyone should have access to high quality end of life care when they need it, and in their place of choice. For most people this means dying at home. Every single donation, big or small, will help nurses care for more people across the area. Thank you for continuing to play a part in funding this vital service.”
To raise cash for Marie Curie phone the local fund-raising Office on 01274 337034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org