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Spring is nearly upon us, and with it comes the Great Daffodil Appeal. For the first time since 2019, thousands of volunteers up and down the country are currently taking part in face-to-face collections for Marie Curie's flagship appeal.

They are out wearing their daffodils in support of better end of life care of all. And by playing the Weekly Lottery, that's exactly what you are doing too. 

Thanks to your support, our amazing Nurses and Healthcare Assistants have been able to provide loving care to those in need. Furthermore, our support teams continue to help families through difficult times following the passing of a loved one. 

In this issue, you’ll hear not only from those who have received Marie Curie care, but also from a Marie Curie Healthcare Assistant herself. Rachael was recently the star of the recent Weekly Lottery TV advert and she took the time to tell us more about her experiences both on and off the set.

When you read these newsletters, you should feel a sense of pride. Every time you’ve played the lottery, you’ve helped us continue our vital work and help as many people as possible.

Thank you so much for playing.

Lights, Camera, Action! Healthcare Assistant Rachael and her time on set

Healthcare Assistant Rachael has been working for Marie Curie for many years.

"I started out studying business and marketing at university. Then I became a performing arts and drama teacher – and had a few parts on the big screen. I’d been thinking about nursing for a long time and eventually I just had to go for it.

"I was in awe of the Marie Curie Nurses and the way in which they cared for my relatives. They were angels, they really were. I always thought it was such a privilege to be part of people’s lives in this way. And so I wanted to give back – and to carry that care and compassion on."

However, when she heard of the opportunity to star in our Weekly Lottery TV Advert, she jumped at the chance.

"An email was sent round to all staff asking for volunteers for this TV ad. I’ve got experience in front of the camera so I thought I’d be able to help, so I signed up! 

"It was great: the people, the atmosphere – I felt like a film star! And I love talking about Marie Curie – when you believe in what you do and are proud of the charity you work for, you want to shout out about it."

Be sure to look out for the TV Advert on your Screens!

Alan Bage and the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle "They made me feel safe"

Alan Bage has travelled the world. Now in his 70s, he’s back in the UK and was recently supported by a wonderful team from the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle

“I started out as a heating engineer and ended up becoming a consultant for airports and hospitals. My work took me all over the world: Pakistan, Hong Kong, Kuwait, the Caribbean. I was even an advisor for the Iraqi Government to help get their airports up and running.

"From the moment I arrived [in the hospice], it was so calming. I remember they brought me a chicken soup and you might smile, but it was the finest I've ever had in the world.

“I had a private room with a view out to the garden so I could watch the birds. And the team were amazing. They really looked after me and my family and explained at every stage why I was there, my medication, and how I was doing. I always felt safe and respected.

“I would say that Marie Curie gives you the strength for you to cope, and they helped me get my head around my diagnosis and the same for my family too, I hope that comes across.”

Caring for a Loved One at Home Ranbir tells us of the expert care her mother received from Marie Curie

Ranbir's Mum Gurvinder died in 2019 at the age of 81. She was cared for by Ranbir in her final days at home - with help from Marie Curie Nurses.

“When the doctor first mentioned palliative care, I don’t think I fully knew what it meant. It was only when a Marie Curie Nurse explained it that we understood. She said literally, ‘it means she will die.’ I’m grateful for that. I think it was the first time that we all sat together as a family to think how long we had left with mum.

“I took on a lot of her care myself. But until Marie Curie came, I really didn’t know what to do. It was the small details, like using wet swabs to help her get water and how to angle the bed so she could swallow. Or how to use heavy blankets so we could see her breathing without disturbing her. All things that we just wouldn’t have known."

Grieving through lockdown was tough for Ranbir, which is why she'll be supporting National Day of Reflection on 23rd March:

"We weren’t able to talk or celebrate birthdays or Diwali. We had to grieve in isolation.

“That’s why I’ll be supporting the National Day of Reflection. So many people lost loved ones during the pandemic and couldn't grieve in the usual ways. We need it more than ever.”


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