Hilary was inspired to become a Marie Curie Helper following a cancer experience in her family. Part of the Marie Curie Helper role is not only making people living with a terminal illness and carers aware of the support services that are available but also being a friendly, understanding ear and a helping hand.
“My aunt died of breast cancer and I have had cancer. It taught me that it’s not as unmanageable as it seems and you realise the support that’s available. Because I’ve been through it myself, I understand it better.
“How much support someone needs varies from person to person. It’s a very individual service, but I’ll be there for the person I’m supporting and their family when they need me. Having a Marie Curie Helper is like having an extra friend in the family with the knowledge to help.”