Marie Curie Cancer Care provides hands-on nursing care, totally free, to give terminally ill people the choice of being cared for and dying at home, supported by the people they love. Our 200 Marie Curie Nurses in Northern Ireland provide the highest standard of care, often throughout the night, whilst also giving emotional support to the patient’s family at what can be the most exhausting time of their lives.
“When Mum was taking those last few deep breaths I remember looking at you and you said: ‘Go on tell her, she can still hear you’ and I told her for the last time that I loved her and I would never forget her. I don’t think I would have known to say that if you didn’t tell me, and I felt better because I was able to say it.” - Jack, aged 15
The impact of our work is far reaching, helping not only the patient, but their family and the wider community. Our Marie Curie Nursing Service last year cared for over 1,233 people. That equates to over 74,000 hours of nursing care. The majority of patients have terminal cancer but we also care for patients with other terminal illnesses such as heart failure, dementia and motor neurone disease.
Marie Curie Cancer Care provides care and support to patients and families across every level of society. It is crucial, therefore, that our fundraising activities reflect this reach. The Convoy is now in its 10th year and has proved its success as a fundraising event over the years by raising over 250k – This – in terms of fundraising is our largest and most successful event in Northern Ireland.