Our generous supporters

There are many reasons why supporters choose to pay for a day at the hospice, from remembering a family member or friend to marking a company milestone. Choose a supporter to read their story.

Howell's School, Cardiff

Over the course of 2016-17, Howell's School in Cardiff ran various events to raise funds for our Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale.

Howell's school is the first organisation in Wales to raise money to pay for a day of care at the Penarth hospice. We at Marie Curie are extremely grateful for their efforts and want to thank the staff and students for their fantastic efforts.

Having come to the launch of our Pay For A Day fundraising campaign, staff and students were inspired to organise events throughout the year to raise vital funds for our hospice.

Deputy Principal, Natalie Chyba, said: "At the launch, our students and staff were given a tour of the fantastic facilities at the hospice, and they learned about the outstanding work provided by the doctors, nurses and support staff who provide care for people living with a terminal illness and their families."

Since then, the school has run various events to raise funds, with the children being at the heart of everything.

Deputy Principal Chyba added: "We have been delighted to be involved and so very pleased to reach the target.”

Find out more about Paying for a Day at the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale

Mark's Brecon Beacons Ultra challenge

Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones is set to take on a gruelling 47-mile run across the Brecon Beacons this November to raise funds to support the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff & the Vale.

Earlier this year Mark very kindly accepted a role as the Pay For a Day Ambassador for the Marie Curie Hospice. He pledged to promote the Pay for Day fundraising scheme that encourages businesses, groups and individuals to raise the £6,660 required to pay for a day’s care at the charity’s sole Welsh hospice. As part of this pledge, Mark has signed up for the Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon on Saturday 19 November to raise the funds to pay for a day of hospice care.

The challenge 

The Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon sees its participants complete two 23.5 mile loops of a route that takes in the unique landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. The course features tricky climbs up and over numerous peaks, with runners slogging through forestry and running along the picturesque towpaths of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. The event is all unaided, with participants carrying everything needed on their back to be self-sufficient, in wet and windy November. Temperatures have plummeted as low as -8°C in previous years, so it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted! 

Mark said: “I have visited the hospice on many occasions and I’ve had the privilege of being introduced to the hospice staff and some of the patients. I have always found the atmosphere at the hospice to be inspiring – it is an extraordinary place. The care and support that is given is remarkable; nothing is too much trouble for the nurses. Paying for 24 hours of care at the hospice is a way of providing patients and families with remarkable care and support. It is something I am proud to be a part of and I am looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.” 

Show your support 

Marie Curie is extremely grateful to Mark for taking on this remarkable challenge. If you would like to support his fundraising, you can donate on his JustGiving page

You can also find out more about Paying for a Day at the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale on our hospice page.

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