Cardiff Hospice brings carers together to celebrate Carers’ Week

As part of Carers’ Week (9 – 15 June), the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale, held an open day earlier this week, inviting those caring for a loved one with a terminal illness to find out how our charity can support them.


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Carers, patients and Marie Curie staff members gather in the hospice garden to release balloons as part of Carers' Week celebration.

At this event, carers had the chance to meet others in a similar situation to share their experience over tea and cake. They also met the hospice’s social worker who is trained and experienced in helping people adjust to changes in their circumstances. And some carers even tried a taster session of complementary therapies on offer such as reflexology and reiki. At the end of the event, the carers gathered in the hospice’s cliff-top garden, overlooking the Bristol Channel, and released balloons to mark Marie Curie’s Carers’ Week celebration. Susan Court, Manager for Marie Curie’s Caring for Carers Project in Wales, said: “An event like this recognises the great work carers provide for their terminally ill loved ones.


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Chris and Tom having a chat - both attend the hospice for services and support.

“Taking on a caring role is not easy, especially if people are not aware of the support that’s available to them or do not know where to go for guidance. Our project gives carers practical information and support, helping them build skills and confidence for their caring role.”


We care for carers too


While the majority of services our Marie Curie Hospices provide help people who are terminally ill have the best quality of life, we’re also here for the people closest to them – their families and friends. Our hospices offer practical, emotional and spiritual support for people in a caring role – available as drop-in sessions, group sessions or one-to-one appointments. Services we provide include advice on welfare benefits and allowances, counselling sessions, support groups, complementary therapies and bereavement support.


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Carer Veronica talking to Marie Curie Hospice's social worker Carolyn.

Kathy Seddon, who has been a carer twice in the last five years, attended the event at the hospice. She said: “I can only offer my heartfelt thanks to Marie Curie and other such organisations. The Cardiff hospice gave wonderful, unstinting support to my family when my husband was dying. Community nurses offered the same outstanding help when my sister was dying. “At these times, every hour is precious – and to have help coping with the physical and emotional demands faced by carers is immeasurably important.” For more information on the Caring for Carers project, see mariecurie.org.uk/caringforcarers or email susan.court@mariecurie.org.uk