Where your money goes
Last year, our services helped over 50,000 people living with a terminal illness and their families. For every £1 we raise, 74p goes towards delivering, and improving, the care and support we offer. The other 26p goes towards generating future income.
Your donation helps people like Ann and her family
Ann, a 77-year-old grandmother of nine, was diagnosed with renal failure four years ago. She was cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh at the end of her life. All our services are free of charge to people like Ann and her family, thanks to the generous donations of our supporters.
How we spend our funds
In 2015/16, we spent £149.3 million* on our crucial caring services, research into terminal illness, and campaigning for better end of life care, as well as spending funds on improving awareness of our charity and generating future income.
*Total excludes retail activity
Frequently asked questions
How does my money help?
By donating to Marie Curie, you are funding care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families, across the UK. We believe everyone living with a terminal illness should be able to get the most from the time they have left, however hard that may sometimes feel.
Everything we do depends on the generous donations of our supporters. Around two-thirds of the money we spend each year comes from the people, companies and trusts who decide to support us. The remaining third comes from the NHS.
Without our supporters, we wouldn’t be able to provide vital care and support to the people who need us at an extremely difficult time.
Why do you spend money on research?
We’re the leader in research into better ways of caring for people with a terminal illness. We carry out research ourselves and in partnership with other experts to help improve our services, as well as those provided by other organisations. All our research findings are published and available to other care providers, including the NHS, to help them improve the way they care for people with a terminal illness.
Very few organisations fund research specifically about caring for people at the end of their lives. We believe filling that gap is crucially important, so we can be sure the people we are here for get the best possible care and we are always learning more about how to help them.
Why do you spend money on policy and public affairs work?
We believe everyone with a terminal illness should have access to high quality care and support, when and where they need it.
But one in every four people doesn’t get the care and support they need at the end of their life. We don’t think that’s good enough. We are doing everything we can to change that, but we can’t do it alone.
So we speak out on issues that affect people with a terminal illness and their families. We share our expertise about what people need with the government, political parties and others who influence health and social care policy, and we let them know how we think the care people get at the end of their lives can be improved.
We believe this is the best way to make care better for everyone with a terminal illness in the UK, not just the people we directly care for each year.
Do you spend any money overseas?
No. All of our work is carried out in the UK and that’s where the money we raise is spent.
Can I make sure my money is spent in a particular area or on a particular service?
We will always spend general donations where the need is greatest – as such, it’s important that we can provide our services to people across the UK. Having that flexibility is crucial for us and the people we support.
However, if you specifically want your donation spent in a particular area or on a particular service, you just need to provide clear instructions in writing with your donation, or contact our supporter relations team to let them know, and we will treat your donation accordingly.
How do I know you will spend my money effectively?
We have been providing care and support for people with a terminal illness for more than 60 years – we were founded in 1948, the same year as the NHS. As well as the people we care for and their families, our thousands of supporters place huge trust in us, as one of the UK’s largest and best-known charities. We are determined to repay them by using their money to help as many people living with a terminal illness and their families as we can.
We’ve committed to six promises to you about how we raise money and communicate with you. And we pay great attention to ensuring that we are working in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Each year, we set out:
- exactly how all our money is raised and spent, in our annual report and accounts
- the difference your support has made, in our impact report
- how the care you are funding meets high standards of quality, in our quality account
We would love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions about our work and how we raise and spend our funds. You can contact us on 0800 716 416 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do you spend money on generating income?
Money we spend on generating future income is an investment to make sure we can carry on providing care and support in the future.
Without investment in fundraising, we’d have a lot less overall to spend on helping people with a terminal illness and their families each year and we wouldn’t be able to keep providing the same levels of care and support in the future.
Why do you spend money on awareness?
Only a third of people in the UK know that we care for people with any kind of terminal illness.
We also know that one in four people don’t get the support they need at the end of their lives. By publicising our work, we’re reaching more of the people who need us and letting them know we’re here to help them.
Publicising the charity also encourages more people to support our work. We rely on the generous support of the public, corporate partners and trusts to ensure we can care for people both now and in the future.
Do you receive any funding from the NHS?
Yes. The NHS funds around half the cost of our nursing services and our hospices. The remaining costs are met through donations to the charity. As such, we would not be able to provide our services without the generosity of our supporters.
How much profit does Marie Curie make each year?
Marie Curie is a not-for-profit organisation. We use the funds we raise to provide care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families.
We do keep some funds in reserve – this is usually around three months’ running costs. The level of reserves is agreed by our trustees.
Without cash in reserve, we would be at risk of not being able to deliver our services in the future, for example if we raise less money than we expect in a particular year, or if our costs should increase for reasons outside of our control.