Marie Curie was there for my family – that’s why I’m proud of Wyevale Garden Centres' support this Christmas

by Linda Facey
Leyland Wyevale Garden Centre

Linda Facey, 62, from Leyland, says she can’t thank Marie Curie enough for the support our nurses gave her family when they cared for two of her loved ones at home – her mother, aged 82 from the Wirral, two years ago, and her niece, aged 31 from London, this November.

Leyland Wyevale supporting Marie Curie
Linda and her colleagues from Leyland Wyevale (Back row - Julie Smith [Charity Champion] and Linda. Front row - Anna Norris and Michelle Hawkins.)
The Marie Curie Nurses were wonderful when they cared for both my mum and niece.

In her eighties, my mum decided not to have treatment for her lymphoma. Instead she wanted to be supported to die at home with her family around her. My two sisters and I were caring for mum round the clock for the last six weeks before she died and the nurses came a couple of evenings a week, giving us a much needed rest, as well as information and support.

My niece was only 31 when she died this November. She had six different cancers and, again, needed constant care. When we were told she only had weeks to live, I took leave from work to help my sister – we didn’t want her to die in hospital.

What the Marie Curie Nurses do is amazing. No one knows what it is like caring for a loved who is dying until it happens to them. It makes so much difference having this specialist support. It meant we could get some rest when we were at our most tired, and we could go home to our families for the night knowing they were in safe hands.

Marie Curie has been there for my family when we needed them most and we are so appreciative. That’s why I jumped at the chance of raising funds for Marie Curie after we chose them in the staff vote to be Wyevale’s charity partner for the next two years. I can’t praise the Marie Curie team enough. I’m supporting the fundraising at Leyland Wyevale, where I work, to ensure that more families get the vital help my family did.

How Leyland Wyevale is making a difference

Marie Curie and Wyevale jute bag
Marie Curie and Wyevale jute bag

Leyland Wyevale is celebrating the lives of loved ones with its specially created Christmas Memory Tree, which is being displayed in the garden centre this festive season. Staff and customers, including Linda, have written special memories on baubles which have been hung on the tree, and are inviting others to do the same in return for a donation.

All 144 Wyevale Garden Centres are supporting Marie Curie this Christmas as part of the ‘Gardens for Good’ community programme, which recognises the benefits that gardens and gardening can bring to individuals and local communities. As well as displaying Memory Trees, the garden centres are running a raffle, and have on sale special Marie Curie products, including a Christmas jute bag, and Briers gloves and secateurs. They have also been collecting goods to sell in Marie Curie Shops this Christmas.

Wyevale Garden Centres is aiming to raise over £500,000 nationally from 2014 to 2016 to help Marie Curie provide care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes or in one of the our nine hospices.

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