‘Just being there is a privilege ...’

Marie Curie nurses get a treat in the salon
Marie Curie nurses get a treat in the salon

June and July sees the launch of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Blooming Great Tea Party Campaign.

n The Falkirk Fundraising Group has organised a Blooming Great Tea Party at Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Church hall on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a selection of refreshments and cakes on sale as well as a raffle. The group said: “We’d like to invite everyone along to our tea party. It’s going to be a fantastic event and a great way to get together with friends old and new. The more money we raise, the more free care Marie Curie Nurses can provide to people at home.”

n If you would like to organise your own tea party, call 08700 340 040 or go to www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty for your free Blooming Great Tea Party pack.

n To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP or district nurse. For more information, please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk

n Marie Curie Cancer Care, one of the UK’s largest charities, employs more than 2700 nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals.

n It provided care to more than 31,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its nine hospices.

n The charity also provides core funding for three palliative care research facilities, in London, Liverpool and Wales.

n Research shows that around 65 per cent of people would like to die at home if they had a terminal illness with a sizeable minority opting for hospice care. However, more than 50 per cent of cancer deaths still occur in hospital, the place people say they would least like to be. Since 2004, Marie Curie has been campaigning for more patients to be able to make the choice to be cared for at home.

n LMG Hair and Beauty’s Blooming Great Blow Dry offer runs from Monday, May 21 to Saturday, May 26. To book an appointment, call (01324) 624671 .