Dey praises support for terminally ill people

Pictured are, from left, Richard Meade (head of policy and public affairs), Carolyne Anne Watts (Health Care Assistant), Graeme Dey MSP, Susan Lowes (policy and public affairs manager) and Helen Zollinger, (community fundraising officer)

Pictured are, from left, Richard Meade (head of policy and public affairs), Carolyne Anne Watts (Health Care Assistant), Graeme Dey MSP, Susan Lowes (policy and public affairs manager) and Helen Zollinger, (community fundraising officer)

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Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South, recently heard about the care available for residents in Angus living with a terminal illness and their families, and he has praised the support provided by Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity.

At a meeting with Marie Curie staff on August 2, Graeme discussed his support for the charity’s fundraising groups in Angus and Carnoustie who are hard at work making sure Marie Curie is able to continue caring for people in their local area. He further discussed his support of the development of a fundraising group in Arbroath.

Local Marie Curie nurses work night and day providing hands-on care and vital emotional support enabling families to be cared for and to die at home, where that is their choice and appropriate for them.

In 2015/16 in NHS Tayside area, 262 people were supported in 2152 nursing visits. Across Scotland in 2015/16 the charity provided care and support for more than 8000 people living with a terminal illness through its hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh and the Nursing Service.

Graeme Dey MSP said: “It was good to learn in detail of the work being done, around palliative care, in Angus by Marie Curie. And I certainly hope efforts to set up a fundraising group in Arbroath are successful.”

Helen Zollinger, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Perthshire, Tayside and Angus said: “We were delighted to share examples with Graeme of the difference that local fundraising helps provide to his constituents. Volunteering or joining a fundraising group is a really great way to raise local funds for Marie Curie while also meeting new people and having lots of fun. If you are interested in volunteering for us in Arbroath, please contact me on 0131 561 3948 or at Helen.Zollinger@mariecurie.org.uk”

If you or someone you know is living with a terminal illness and looking for support call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. If you would like care and support from a Marie Curie Nurse contact your district nurse or GP.