Marie Curie in 2015: five things to look out for
2015 is set to be an important year for Marie Curie as we work towards our vision of a better life for people and their families living with a terminal illness. Here are five exciting ways which will help us achieve this objective and how you can help us along the way. 1. More information and support for people with a terminal illness Our website now features a wealth of practical and emotional support and information for people affected by terminal illness. It covers all aspects of living with a terminal illness and offers information and support on everything from symptom management and day-to-day care through to financial information and legal issues. We’ve also launched the Marie Curie Community, an online forum where you can share experiences and find practical and emotional support by talking to people in a similar situation. It’s safe, supportive and easy to use. 2. Some new (and old) fundraising activities This year you can support Marie Curie in even more exciting and diverse ways. As well as our usual favourites like the Great Daffodil Appeal, Blooming Great Tea Party and Walk Ten, we are also proud to be the official charity partner for Swimathon and the Belfast City Marathon. In April, intrepid explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will take on one of the biggest challenges of his life by competing in the Marathon des Sables ultra-marathon for Marie Curie. Sir Ranulph will attempt to run 156 miles (251km) over just six days in the blistering 50°C heat of the Sahara Desert. Marie Curie has a whole host of overseas challenges for you to get involved in, so if you’re inspired by Sir Ranulph’s efforts, find the perfect challenge for you on our website. 3. Six new Marie Curie Helper services We were delighted to be chosen as one of the beneficiary charities from ITV’s Text Santa appeal. The appeal helped raised enough money to open six new Marie Curie Helper Services across the UK. The Helper service, which currently operates in nine regions of the UK, provides invaluable companionship, emotional support and practical help to people living with a terminal illness and their carers, all completely free of charge. For up to three hours each week, terminally ill people and their families can rely on the support of a dedicated, specially trained Helper volunteer who will visit them in their home. Find out more about the Helper service . 4. A new Government? With a general election on the horizon, the main political parties have already started their campaigns. While it’s unlikely that end of life care will feature as a key election issue, the recent debate over accident and emergency departments’ capacity in winter does suggest that health and the NHS will be the subject of much attention for the next few months. Whatever the result of the election, after May we’ll be making sure new MPs and the new Government are aware of what we do and we will continue to campaign for greater support for terminally ill people. 5. New research projects As leaders in research into better care for terminally ill people, this year we will be providing £1million of funding for exciting research projects with the aim of improving end of life care for terminally ill people, carers and families. This is all coordinated through the Marie Curie Research Programme. This year’s new research projects will be announced in March at Marie Curie’s Annual Research Conference. If you’d like to be kept up to date on all the exciting things we’ve got lined up for 2015, then you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Happy New Year.