Marie Curie to benefit from this year’s BGC Charity Day

Lewis Moody supporting the BGC Charity Day
Lewis Moody supporting the BGC Charity Day

Every year, on the anniversary of 9/11, global brokerage companies BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald remember more than 600 employees lost in the tragedy by holding their annual Charity Day.

This annual event sees the companies distributing 100% of their global revenues to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world. We are honoured to once again be part of this very special global fundraising event, which this year reaches its 10th anniversary.

Each year, celebrities across the globe are invited onto the trading floors of BGC Partners to man the phones and close the multi-million pound trades. In 2012 Marie Curie was supported by British actors Jane Horrocks and Jim Carter and rugby player Lewis Moody MBE. We received an amazing £20,000. To put that into perspective, that equates to 1,000 hours of nursing care for people living with a terminal illness across the UK.

Meet Ann Brady

Before becoming a Marie Curie Nurse, Ann Brady would generally stay in a job for three years before moving onto the next challenge. This changed when Ann became a Marie Curie Nurse almost 15 years ago. Now she is confident that only retirement will force her to say goodbye to “the most rewarding job” she’s ever had – and, given that she’s worked from the Midlands to the Middle East, she’s got a fair few positions from which to pick her favourite.

“I can’t see myself retiring very soon. I continue to find every shift challenging and it still feels like I’ve got a lot to give.”

In her role Ann finds it extremely rewarding to offer people the care and support they need and, even though she can’t change the diagnosis, she can help them come to terms with the situation and prepare family members.

Ann describes one man who was struggling to communicate his funeral wishes with his family. “Understandably, they didn’t want to talk to him about it and told him not to worry. But he did worry. He wanted to be able to pick the hearse and choose what hymns would be played. So he asked me to help him write down what he wanted in a list.

“As a discussion it would have been extremely emotional but, by putting it together in a list, it made the process more formalised. The family could concentrate on the list rather than the emotions and then they were able to fulfil the gentleman’s wishes. I feel my presence as a Marie Curie Nurse helped the family to achieve what they needed.”

It’s the continuing donations of organisations such as BGC that enable our nurses to continue to provide this vital care and support for people at the end of their lives.