How Marie Curie helps carers across the UK
Marie Curie is proud to support Carers Week for the third year running. We’re joining other leading charities to recognise and celebrate the vital work of the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers.
We work hard to help terminally ill people and their families; and that means we’re there for carers too.
Our nurses support people like Sally Brierley, who cared for her mother Rose – who had breast cancer – at home.
“When Mum came home, we all took it in turns to stay up at night but this soon took its toll on the family,” says Sally. “We were very reluctant to ask for support. Then my sister and I realised that it hurt Mum when we were trying to lift her and we just had to have extra help.”
Sally’s district nurse recommended Marie Curie, and soon our nurses were caring for Rose and supporting the family, taking away some of the strain.
“Without their help, we would have been very stressed, tired and exhausted,” says Sally.
We also support carers in many other ways:
• Marie Curie Hospices offer counselling and other specialist support for carers and families.
• Our Helper volunteers offer practical and emotional support to terminally ill people and their carers alike.
• We fund research to better understand carers’ needs and help us improve our service.
Each year, we care for around 31,000 terminally ill people in their own homes, supporting their carers too. But there are still many people who are not getting the help they need.
One in eight people in the UK is caring for a family member or close friend who is frail or facing long-term illness or disability. And 53% of carers polled for Carers Week said they were not getting enough support.
You can make a difference by signing up to the Carers Week Quest and pledging to take action in your area or to spread the message on social media. You’ll be helping families just like Sally’s.