IN 2008-9 Marie Curie Nurses provided over 78,500 hours of care to more than 1100 patients in the community throughout Northern Ireland. Many more would have chosen to be at home if the option had been open to them.
During the same period hundreds more were cared for as in-patients and out-patients at the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast and at satellite services including Lagan Valley Hospital.
Approximately 70% of the charity's income comes from voluntary sources and Marie Curie Cancer Care is appealing for you to do something to help in 2010.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie's annual fundraising campaign which aims for everyone to donate and wear a daffodil pin in March. This is achieved by having street and store collections during March and April, and placing daffodil boxes in shops and businesses. You could:
Deliver and harvest daffodil boxes. 2010 is the fourth year that Marie Curie has been the charity partner for Swimathon, the world's biggest swim. Swimathon 2010 registration is now open. Enter today and receive 50% off the fee. Visit www.swimathon.org to register.
Take on the distance challenge of 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k on your own, or get together with some friends or colleagues and do the 5k team challenge, no matter what your fitness level there is a challenge for you.
Marie Curie is the local charity to benefit from the 2010 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon on 3 May. Whether you wish to run, take part in a relay or walk please choose us as your charity. Entries received after 26 March attract a late entry fee so book your place now at www.belfastcitymarathon.com.
There is a local fundraising group in Lisburn/Hillsborough. They are always on the lookout for new members who
help to organise a programme of fundraising activities. Next up is a Gala Dinner & Dance at Larchfield Estate on Friday 5 February, 7.30pm. Music is by the fabulous James Huish. Tickets are £40.00 and can be obtained from Amanda Scott on 9088 2067 or Anne Chambers 9268 9273.
To find out more about the group contact Amanda at regional office on the number above. Further information about the charity and other events can be found at www.mariecurie.org.uk.