At a meeting with Marie Curie staff last week, Colin discussed the work of Marie Curie across South Scotland. Local Marie Curie Nurses work night and day providing hands-on care and vital emotional support enabling families to be cared for and to die at home, where that is their choice and appropriate for them.
In 2015/16 in NHS Dumfries and Galloway, 444 people were supported in 3,733 nursing visits. The charity provided care and support for more than 8,000 people living with a terminal illness through its hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh and the Nursing Service across Scotland.
The Marie Curie Helper Service also provides one-to-one emotional support, companionship and information about relevant local services to people living with terminal illnesses, and their families and carers, with 20 active volunteers supporting people through this service in Dumfries and Galloway. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to discuss how our trained volunteers can support you in Dumfries and Galloway, please contact Susan MacRae on 0800 304 7691 or [email protected]
Colin also expressed his support for the charity’s fundraising groups in the area who are hard at work making sure Marie Curie are able to continue caring for people in their local area.
Colin Smyth MSP said: “The issue of palliative care is one I have taken a keen interest in since being elected to the Scottish Parliament and it is fantastic to see the range of services that Marie Curie provide locally. From Marie Curie nurses who care for hundreds of people and their families at such an incredibly difficult time to the volunteers who raise funds or provide one-to-one emotional support and companionship for people with a terminal illness, the support is really invaluable. I would encourage anyone who wants to volunteer to support Marie Curie to get in touch. I know from speaking to many of their volunteers, just how incredibly rewarding an experience it is”.
Georgia Ramplin, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Dumfries & Galloway and South Lanarkshire said: “We were delighted to speak to Colin about the difference that local fundraising helps provide to his constituents. Volunteering or joining a fundraising group is a really great way to raise awareness and funds locally for Marie Curie while also meeting new people and having lots of fun. If you are interested in volunteering for us in Dumfries and Galloway, please contact me on 0131 561 3929 or at [email protected]”
If you or someone you know is living with a terminal illness and looking for support call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. If you would like care and support from a Marie Curie Nurse contact your district nurse or GP.