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A warm welcome

The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, and thanks to you, amazing Marie Curie Nurses are working around the clock to fill this summer with comfort and care for families at the end of life.

As a member of our wonderful Weekly Lottery community, you’re helping nursing staff be there with expert care and kindness for families when it really matters. That’s another reason to enjoy your summer 

Looking back on a decade of care with Joby

Joby Mundackal is in his tenth year of working for Marie Curie as a Healthcare Assistant, visiting patients in their homes. He lives with his family in Manchester. As Joby is about to move on to a new role at our hospice in Liverpool, he looks back on almost a decade of caring.

Starting his career

“I always liked connecting with people, particularly vulnerable, isolated people. When I was young, I used to connect well with uncles and aunties and create bonds. But I never thought it would become my career!

“What Marie Curie does is close to my heart. I liked the idea of going into someone’s home and supporting them in their hour of need.”

The importance of Marie Curie to families

“Once I started doing shifts, I realised how important the work is. Having that support from Marie Curie gives families the opportunity to have their loved ones back in their own home, not in hospital or a care home.

“I visited a house once – it was a last-minute booking – and when I arrived there was an old couple. The husband had dementia, and his wife was in her late 80s. She was really exhausted – didn’t have any sleep for a week. So you realise how important it is to have someone from Marie Curie there to give them a break.”

What working for Marie Curie has meant to me

“Each house is like a story – you see a different world every time you visit someone. There are risks with the work we do but when you look back, it’s all worth it as there are so many stories – and they’ve all become part of my life.”

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Beautiful Memories Allan tells us about how Marie Curie helped him cope with the loss of his wife Teresa

After almost 28 happy years together, Allan’s wife Teresa died from pancreatic cancer in 2020. Here he shares how Marie Curie has helped him through this difficult time.

“On the night my beautiful wife Teresa passed away, Michelle, the Marie Curie Nurse, was with me and she was just wonderful. Having Michelle there made a difference. You could actually get through it because there was somebody there who was so supportive and so helpful and interested.”

Remembering Teresa

“At the point of Teresa’s death, Michelle drew my attention to the way she looked – she was so peaceful, she was beautiful and smiling. It would have been our 28th wedding anniversary in August, so we nearly made it. At the diagnosis, Teresa was
told she only had eight weeks to live. Yet she fought it all the way, and we had two years of happy memories.”

Time to grieve

“After Teresa’s death, Michelle suggested I contact Marie Curie’s Bereavement Support team, which I did. Chatting to Charlie from the team really helped. I was able to open up to someone who didn’t know me, Teresa or my family.

“The support sessions also worked perfectly in that Teresa’s funeral was the day before a call with Charlie, so I could talk with her about it. And then I was able to talk to her the morning after Teresa’s ashes were buried. The timing of it really helped me.”

Helping happy memories bloom

“Teresa’s pride and joy was her garden so I decided to create a memorial for her. It is an area of our garden that is specifically in Teresa’s memory where lovely plants and shrubs bought by our family and friends grow.

“I will never, ever forget Teresa and this is one way I have made something precious and beautiful to remember
her by.”

Helping Susan care for Tom until the end

Back in 2011, Susan’s son Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just 29 years old. After multiple operations and radio and chemotherapy, Tom was able to spend the next decade achieving many of his dreams such as going to university and buying his own home. Sadly in 2020, Tom’s tumour came back.

“When Chris, a Marie Curie Nurse, first came over, he sat with Tom through the night so we could get some rest.

“At first, I was a little worried. I wanted to know if Chris knew what to do if Tom started choking or had a problem
in the middle of the night. I didn’t think I’d be able to sleep but I did. Then when I got up the following morning, I saw how comfortable Tom looked. I could tell he’d had a beautiful night’s sleep.”

Welcome relief at the hardest time

“We also had another Marie Curie Nurse called Pauline and she was like Florence Nightingale! She wanted to know all about Tom and we had some lovely chats. She introduced herself to him and explained why she was there. In the mornings, she’d be there waking us up with the offer of a cuppa. We were just so grateful, and that rest gave us more energy again to face the day with Tom.

“The next time we had Marie Curie with us was actually the day that Tom died, that was in February 2021. He was
only 38 years old.

“Since Tom’s death, I’ve learnt so much about him that I didn’t know. I had lots of people contacting me and telling me about how much Tom helped them. I wrote these words for Tom’s funeral. ‘My son was beyond kind, my son was beyond caring, my son was beyond giving, he was a
magnificent man’."

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