THE Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman, is lending her wholehearted support to a drive to recruit more Marie Curie supporters in Tameside.
Marie Curie provides home care for people with any terminal illness as well as emotional support for their loved ones. Their aim is to help families get the most from the time they have left.
Cllr Bowerman explained: “I have personal experience of the wonderful work the Marie Curie nurses do. They cared for my father when he was dying from lung cancer and that’s why I have made them part of my charity appeal fund.
“It’s a very sad fact that someone in the UK dies every five minutes without getting all the care they could have. That’s why I want more fund-raisers in Tameside. Marie Curie believe everyone should be able to get the care they need at the end of their life.”
Marie Curie nurses work night and day and there is also a confidential helpline for anyone who has questions about any aspect of terminal illness, needs support, or just wants to talk. An online information hub has leaflets to download, films and other links.
The support groups are made up of ordinary people of all ages who are passionate about the charity and want to help it. They tend to meet on a monthly basis and organise collections and fund-raising events such as tea parties and quiz nights.
Tameside has two very successful groups – Hyde and Denton, and Ashton – but a combination of age, failing health and other commitments means that new members are needed if they are to continue their good work.
The Mayor added: “These amazing people have done, and continue to do, a really fantastic job. However, they aren’t as young as they used to be and can no longer commit themselves in the same way.
“They badly need new blood and I’m appealing to the people of Tameside to join them so that they can continue their fabulous and much-needed work.”
If you have the time and would like to join a Marie Curie support group, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk