Key information

We’ve put together a selection of the latest Marie Curie facts and figures. If there is
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Marie Curie is the leading charity providing care to people with any terminal illness in their own homes or in one of the charity’s nine hospices.

Marie Curie has almost 2,100 nurses, who work in the community to provide free end of life care to 94% of the UK population.

In 2013/14, we supported 40,844 people – 5% more than the previous year.

Marie Curie has nine hospices and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

Marie Curie

  • Marie Curie is the leading charity providing care to people with any terminal illness in their own homes or in one of the charity’s nine hospices.
  • In 2013/14 Marie Curie supported 40,844 people living with a terminal illness.
  • All our services are always free to patients and their families.

Marie Curie Nursing Service

  • Marie Curie has almost 2,100 nurses, who work in the community to provide free end of life care to 94% of the UK population.1
  • In 2013/14 Marie Curie Nurses cared for 31,558 people at home approaching the end of their life.
  • Around 24% of Marie Curie Nursing Service patients we cared for in 2013/14 had a non-cancer diagnosis.
  • People cared for by Marie Curie Nurses are 3 times less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency at the end of their lives.2
  • Seven out of 10 people cared for by Marie Curie Nurses die in their own homes.3
  • When someone is cared for at home by Marie Curie, overall costs are around £500 lower even when costs in social care, primary care and community care are considered.

Marie Curie Hospices

  • Marie Curie has nine hospices across the UK providing free specialist care for those with terminal illnesses.
  • It costs £48.2m a year to run all of our hospices.
  • In 2013/14 Marie Curie Hospices cared for 8,831 people.

The right to die in a place of choice

  • Research shows that 63% of people want to die in the comfort of their own home.5
  • 55% of people die in hospital, the place many people least want to be.6

Our research

  • Marie Curie invests around £3 million a year in palliative and end of life care research.
  • In 2013 a total of 36 peer-reviewed research papers were published as result of Marie Curie research funding.
  • We invest in programmes of research at our three long-term research facilities:
    • Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit, University College London  
    • Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Cardiff
    • Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute, Liverpool

Our volunteers

  • More than 9,400 people volunteer regularly for Marie Curie.
  • More than 3,200 volunteers help in our shops, serving customers, organising displays and pricing and sorting goods.
  • Almost 1,200 hospice volunteers help at our nine hospices undertaking a broad range of activities, including running reception, providing bereavement support and complementary therapies, gardening and driving patients to day care.

Our fundraising and income

  • For every £1 we raise, we spend 70p directly on helping people with terminal illnesses. Ways in which we do this include providing nursing and hospice care, research into better ways of caring for people and work to improve care and support across the UK.
  • We pay 50% of the cost of running our nursing service and 54% of the cost of our hospices. The rest of the funding comes from the NHS.
  • We need to raise £5,500 every hour to cover the cost of Marie Curie’s entire nursing service across the UK.

1. Marie Curie – populations of health organisations which have a contract with the Marie Curie Nursing service
2.The impact of the Marie Curie Nursing Service on place of death and hospital use at the end of life – Chitnis et al, November 2012, Nuffield Trust
3. The impact of the Marie Curie Nursing Service on place of death and hospital use at the end of life – Chitnis et al, November 2012, Nuffield Trust
4. Exploring the cost of care at end of life, a report by the Nuffield Trust, 2014
5. Local Preferences and Place of Death in Regions within in England 2010 National End of Life Care Intelligence Network 
6. Local Preferences and Place of Death in Regions within in England 2010 National End of Life Care Intelligence Network 

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