Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charity that provides end-of-life nursing and palliative care for cancer sufferers who choose to spend their last days at home.
I met with two of their nurses today, along with their fundraising director for Manchester. They told me about the support that they give to terminally ill patients at home, so that they can die in dignity and comfort at home.
Research that they have done shows that 64% of people would choose to die at home but that in reality only 25% are able to make this choice. I think it is important that people are able to make their own choices about the care they receive and Marie Curie Cancer Care help them do this.
Although they run nine hospices around the country, most of their service is in the form of nurses who spend time at patients’ homes, caring for patients and providing support to family.
Despite providing this type of care seeming expensive, Marie Curie care nurses can actually save the NHS money by caring for people at home and keeping people out of hospital, where the cost of caring for terminally ill patients is much higher. The service they provide is simply incredible and the nurses help people through some very difficult times.
March is their Great Daffodil Appeal month where they try to get as much support as they can. I would urge people to show their support for such a brilliant charity by volunteering or making a donation here.