Pamela Ballantine gathered her
cowboys together - Cois Beukes and Michael McKeever - to
launch the Deep RiverRock Annual Summer barbeque with a
Wild West theme. The barbeque will be held at the
Waterfront Hall on Friday June 29 2007 from 7pm.
Coca-Cola Bottlers (Ulster) Ltd. will donate proceeds to
Marie Curie Cancer Care and also Caravan - the charity
contributing towards the well-being of some 1,300 former
grocery trade workers. Photography by Darren Kidd /
CANCER is the UK's biggest killer. Every year
it claims the lives of more than 150,000 people, with a further
one million living with the disease at any one time.
Established in 1948 - the same year as the
NHS - Marie Curie Cancer Care is now one of the UK's largest
Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and
other healthcare professionals, they provide care to around
25,000 people with cancer every year, along with support for
They also, rarer for people with other life-limiting
illnesses. Their services are always free of charge to patients
and their families, which means that in 2006-07, they will need
to raise more than £100 million.
The charity is best known for its network of
Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide
end-of-life care for patients in their own homes. They have 10
hospices across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,
and two centres for palliative care research.
They also run the world-renowned Marie Curie
Research Institute, which investigates the causes and treatments
of cancer. For the past three years, Marie Curie Cancer Care has
been campaigning for more patients to be able to make the choice
to be cared for and die at home.
Their campaign – Supporting the Choice to Die
at Home – continues to attract widespread support from cancer
patients and their families, healthcare professionals and
politicians from all parties.
Financially, around 70 per cent of the
charity's income comes from the generous support of thousands of
individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the
balance of funds coming from the NHS.
They also depend on an army-of volunteers to
support their work in both care and fundraising.
daffodil is the emblem of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Every March
they run the Great Daffodil Appeal, with street collections and
other fundraising events