Marie Curie Cancer Care volunteer Moira Morrison was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Ellon.
Moira started her talk with a realistic scenario of the role of Marie Curie nurses who provide care and support for families of terminally ill patients and help to make the patients feel comfortable in their own homes.
Club members heard that Marie Curie nurses provide care for the patient as well as practical and emotional advice and support for them and their family, and also allows carers to get some rest.
Although 80% of patients who receive care are cancer sufferers, the Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses also support terminally ill people with multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and heart disease.
It is usually the district/community nurse who refers the people to the Marie Curie nurse. Marie Curie Cancer Care puts patients and families first.
There is a network of more than a thousand Marie Curie nurses across the UK with thirty three Marie Curie nurses working in the North-east.
There are two Marie Curie hospices in Scotland based in Edinburgh and Glasgow which provide care and best quality of life for terminally ill people.
Marie Curie Cancer Care depends on sponsorship from groups, collection days and legacies from members of the public, although the NHS contributes 50% of the cost of funding the service.
The Marie Curie volunteers also carry out fundraising activities and hold an annual Daffodil Day in March.
All money raised locally stays in the community. The charity will be the beneficiary from the proceeds of this year’s Bon Accord car raffle, organised by Aberdeen and District Rotary Clubs.
The vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Allan Dent.
Marie Curie Cancer Care evolved from the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation.
In 1948, Hampstead-based Marie Curie Hospital was transfered to the NHS and a group from the hospital decided to preserve the name of Marie Curie in the charitable medical field.