Our ageing population means more and more people are living with a terminal illness in the UK. 

Whether that's dementia, cancer, motor neurone disease, heart failure, Parkinson's disease, or any other illness, we’ll be here for you and your family to help you cope after a terminal diagnosis.

"It's strange how it doesn't sink in at first..."

Support at the end of your life

We're here to help you and everyone affected by your diagnosis to achieve the best quality of life, and support you to keep your independence and dignity for as long as possible.

This includes treating or managing pain and other symptoms with medicines, therapies and other specialist approaches. It also means giving emotional support to you and your family when you need it most.

Learn more about palliative and end of life care.

How we can help

Information and support

If you've been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or you're supporting someone who has, we offer a range of information and support online, through our freephone Support Line, via web chat and in free publications and resources. Whether you need specific, practical guidance or you just need someone to talk to, we're here for you.


Our 2,160 nurses make it possible for people living with any terminal illness to die peacefully at home, surrounded by the people that mean the most to them. Find out more about our nurses or read some real stories.

Hospice care

Our nine hospices offer round-the-clock, expert care and support, in a friendly, welcoming environment. Some people visit for the day to use services, while others stay for longer. Have a read of some real stories from patients.

Helper volunteers

Our trained, dedicated Helper volunteers spend a few hours a week visiting people with a terminal illness, offering companionship, emotional support and practical helpFind out more about our Helpers or see how to become one.

Find out more about Marie Curie in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, or learn about our history.

Need support right now?

Call today for free. Lines are open 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 11am – 5pm Saturday.

Paul, who has chronic heart failure, gets support from Marie Curie.

Paul is living with chronic heart failure. He's received support at our Liverpool hospice.

Our research

Marie Curie is the leader in research into better ways of caring for people with terminal illnesses. We incorporate what we learn into the care and support we provide, and share it with others so we can make care better for everyone.

Find our more about our research work

How you can help

Marie Curie is a charity. We rely on kind donations from our supporters in order to continue to offer vital services for people living with a terminal illness and their families. 

£5 a month - over a year, your gift could pay for three hours of vital nursing care for someone with a terminal illness in their home.

With Gift Aid your £5 donation gives us £


We want to improve care for everyone living with a terminal illness. Find out how we're doing this through our policy work.
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We believe everyone should have the right to palliative care when they need it. Learn more about our campaigns.
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Researching better care

Marie Curie is UK’s largest charitable funder of palliative and end of life care research.
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