Katie's Diary

Marie Curie

20th December 2012

Elaine Cooper and Jane presented the day 14 cheque to Marie Curie in Spalding.

Marie Curie was founded in 1948, the same year the National Health Service was launched.

Following the donation of an engagement ring to help raise funds for the charity, the very first appeal was launched and brought in a substantial £4,000. By 1950 the on-going appeal had raised a staggering £30,000 and two years later the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation officially became a charity

Marie Curie Cancer Care is dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, they reached a total of 31,799 patients.

They are best known for our network of 2,000 Marie Curie nurses, who work in the homes of terminally ill patients across the UK, providing practical care and support.

Over the year, our nurses provided 1.2 million hours of nursing to 23,406 patients, along with support for their families.

There are a total of nine Marie Curie Hospices across the UK providing expert care and the best quality of life for people with cancer and other illnesses.

They are the biggest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS, and are expanding outpatient and day services at all their hospices.

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