MARIE Curie has launched an emergency appeal following a devastating loss of income from hundreds of cancelled fundraising events and the closure of their charity shops.
Meanwhile, Marie Curie Nurses are still working tirelessly, caring for terminally ill people in their homes.
Last year, Marie Curie provided care and support to more than 1,600 people in Dorset, allowing them to die at home where they wanted to be.
The charity says that now more than ever, end of life patients who do not want to be in hospital need to be moved to a more appropriate setting, as beds in critical care units are urgently required for patients who need lifesaving treatment for coronavirus.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the charity has also increased the opening hours of its Support Line to seven days a week and is gearing up to care for hundreds of additional patients requiring end of life care, in order to relieve the unprecedented pressure on the NHS.
As experts in providing end of life care in the community, Marie Curie can help, but only if it continues to raise the donations needed to fund its vital work.
Susan Gale, a volunteer for Marie Curie in Lyme Regis, had planned her annual collection for the Great Daffodil Appeal to take place in the town on Saturday, March 21. Sadly, this had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 and her willing band of helpers, over two dozen, were stood down.
One of the regular volunteers to help with the annual collection in Lyme Regis is Joshua Denning (pictured) and his mum Annette. Joshua is 16 years old and attends Mountjoy School in Beaminster.
Annette said: “Joshua loves helping raise money for different charities. He is struggling at the moment because he can’t do what he loves to do, so on behalf of Joshua please support Marie Curie.”
The volunteers will now be lending their support with an online collection through JustGiving, which will be waiving its usual charges.
Stephanie Sterndale-Bennett, Marie Curie community fundraiser in Dorset, said: “At a time when our services are needed most, we’re facing a fundraising crisis. Hundreds of our Great Daffodil Appeal collections were cancelled, our charity shops have closed, and local fundraising events have stopped.
“We are lucky to have many loyal and long-standing supporters in Dorset, and it is now that we need your support more than ever. Please consider donating to our appeal today.”
To donate to Susan’s virtual collection online, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/susandaffodilday
If you, or someone you know, is affected by a terminal illness and concerned about coronavirus, the Marie Curie Support Line team are ready to help with the information you need. Call free 0800 090 2309 or you can find more information at mariecurie.org.uk/coronavirus