“No one knows what it is like caring for a loved one who is dying until it happens to them”

Linda Facey says that “Marie Curie Nurses were wonderful when they cared for both my mum and niece” and she “jumped at the chance” to raise funds alongside her colleagues at Wyevale Garden Centres  

Marie Curie Nurse with Wyevale Garden Centres employee
Linda with Marie Curie Nurse, Roxy Yussuff

Linda said: “My mum decided not to have treatment for her lymphoma. Instead she wanted support to die at home with her family around. My two sisters and I were caring for Mum round the clock for the last six weeks 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. She had six different cancers and 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. 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 our loved ones were in safe hands.”

Linda works in Leyland for our charity partner Wyevale Garden Centres and she says:

“It is fantastic how much we have raised over the last two years. Marie Curie has been there for my family when we needed them most and we are so appreciative. I support the fundraising at Wyevale Garden Centres as I know it will ensure that more families get the vital help my family did.”

Money really does grow on trees

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Linda and her colleagues across England and Wales, Wyevale Garden Centres have smashed their £750,000 fundraising target a year ahead of schedule. The money has been raised in various ways, such as donations from product sales and play-area entrance fees, as well as £70,000 raised through this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Wyevale Garden Centres presents a huge cheque to Marie Curie
Linda and Roxy with Wyevale Garden Centres’ Charity Champions Carol Chapman and Doris Harris

Wyevale Garden Centres have a new aim of reaching £1 million and are currently brewing up for our Blooming Great Tea Party, with their restaurants and cafés donating 20p from every hot drink sold this weekend (25-26 June) in the hope of raising £10,000.