Marie Curie Hospice helped Maggie at Christmas

Christmas party for blogWhen Maggie Gilbert needed care at the end of her life, the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford, was there for her. Maggie, who had terminal cancer, became an in-patient in October 2013. The hospice staff brought Maggie’s pain under control, and helped her feel better. They even organised a Christmas party for her family, in early December, so she could spend precious time with her husband, children and grandchildren.  Staff decorated the room, added a Christmas tree, TV and games console and served the whole family dinner. “It meant so much to Mum to have everyone with her, and it mean a lot to us as well,” says Maggie’s daughter Vicki. “We could have space and time to enjoy dinner together without everyone being stressed. It was priceless.” Sadly, Maggie died just a few days later, with her family at her bedside.

Fundraising to say thank you

Vicki says her family will always be grateful for the care her mother received. To help Marie Curie care for more families, she has pledged to raise at least £9,000 through fundraising activities and sponsorship for her Sri Lanka trek next November. “I’ve raised £6,300 so far,” says Vicki. “That includes £3,000 from a ladies fashion show I organised in October. We had 45 vendors at the show and sold 165 tickets. I now believe that nothing’s unachievable. “I’ve also got a charity golf day planned, a bag pack and a summer ball. By May, I should have reached my target.” Vicki says she’ll never stop fundraising for Marie Curie. It’s thanks to fantastic fundraisers like her that we can help families mark their special occasions and support them all year round.