When Paula met Alison
You might not think a television star and a nurse would have much in common. But when Alison Steadman met Marie Curie Nurse Paula Grufferty, they realised they shared a passion for making sure people get the care they deserve when they’re dying.
Alison, who starred in Gavin and Stacey and the BBC’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, has been a supporter of Marie Curie since her mum, Marj, was cared for by Marie Curie Nurses and at our Liverpool hospice.
“My own experience with Marie Curie showed me the difference their nurses can make, not just to the patient but to their families,” she said.
“Shortly after we arrived at the hospice, a young nurse came over and knelt down next to Mum and said: 'Now Marj, you must be hungry. Can we tempt you with a boiled egg and toast or how about a lovely bowl of custard?' I’ve never forgotten that, it really touched me because it was the kind of thing I would have done for my mum."
Paula, a Marie Curie Nurse working in Durham, cares deeply about making sure everyone is supported through terminal illness – from the person who is ill to the people who love them.
“It’s so important for families to know there’s going to be someone there to look after their loved one at the end of their life, and to support them emotionally too,” she said. “It makes a difference when you can make those connections with people and build up a special bond and relationship.”
Paula and Alison came together to talk about their shared experiences to encourage more people to get involved with this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal.
“When you collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal, you'll make sure Marie Curie Nurses can care for more people with a terminal illness and their families," explained Alison.