MP pays tribute to cancer care charity

March 9, 2011 10:09 AM

This week local MP Tom Brake praised the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care in helping to care for Sutton's terminally ill residents.

Tom was speaking to mark the start of the charity's Great Daffodil Appeal 2011, which hopes to increase awareness of the organisation and its work around the country. Over the course of March numerous iconic buildings and landmarks across London, such as the HMS Belfast and the advertising screens at Piccadilly Circus, will turn yellow.

He said: "This month's appeal is an opportunity to really raise awareness and celebrate the great work that the charity does. I will be wearing a daffodil pin to show my support."

Since its foundation in 1948, Marie Curie Cancer Care has provided free nursing care to terminally ill patients allowing them to live at home, and help for their families. The organisation has also set up a number of hospices across the country which offer free specialist support and which provide the largest number of hospice beds outside of the NHS.

Tom continued: "All people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity during their illness. The wonderful work of Marie Curie Cancer Care ensures that those in need of the most help receive it with both care and compassion."

The charity relies on donations to fund the work of its nurses who currently cover around 95% of the country, and they organise various fundraising events through the year. Next month's 'Swimathon 2011', to be held between the 8th and 10th April, will be the world's biggest fundraising swim. Anyone looking to take part can do so at Cheam Leisure Centre.

For more information about the Great Daffodil Appeal, local residents can drop into the Marie Curie charity shop on Woodcote Road near Wallington station or visit www.mariecurie.org,uk/daffodil. Residents living with life-limiting illnesses who would like to discuss the options available to them should contact the District Nurse at their local GP's surgery.

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