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Terminal illness charity appeals for donations as it pledges to support extra patients during pandemic

Terminal illness charity appeals for donations as it pledges to support extra patients during pandemic

by Tom Martin (April 2020)

A TERMINAL illness charity has pledged to support additional patients across Merseyside to help relieve pressure on NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

Marie Curie chiefs say that they are geared up to care for additional patients at the end of their lives as given the choice, people overwhelmingly say they would prefer to die in their own home, or in a hospice, rather than a hospital. People who are dying can leave hospital quickly, if the right package of care is in place and it is safe to do so. Marie Curie are experts in providing that care.

Now more than ever, dying people who do not want to be in hospital need to be moved to a more appropriate setting, as precious beds in critical care units are urgently required for patients who need lifesaving treatment for the coronavirus.

But Marie Curie needs to raise £2.5million a week to continue to run its essential front-line services, although its ability to generate this money has been seriously compromised.

Chief executive Matthew Reed has released a stark warning that the charity desperately needs more donations from people across Merseyside.

He said: “At this time of national emergency, Marie Curie nurses and front-line staff are needed more than ever as the NHS is put under ever greater strain. We’re ready and geared up to help, with hospice beds and nurses on standby.

“Sadly, some people’s lives will be shortened by coronavirus, so the need for end of life care will be greater. Marie Curie can meet this need, and in doing so will help free up intensive care beds needed for Coronavirus patients.

“But just as we want to help, our income has been decimated. We need donations urgently to keep our nurses and hospice staff on the front-line.

“Unlike other healthcare providers, Marie Curie is reliant on donations from the public to survive. Every week the charity needs to raise £2.5million to care for the tens of thousands of people who require nursing and hospice care. Now, our ability to fundraise is seriously compromised. Events are being cancelled, and we’ve had to close our shops. That is why we have launched an emergency appeal to make up the shortfall and ensure the charity can care for more dying patients, support the NHS and ultimately save lives in the weeks and months ahead.”

“We are all in this crisis together and already we are seeing how the public in this country is rising to support each other and the most vulnerable.? Please donate now.”?

?Donate online at mariecurie.org.uk/emergency or text NURSE to 70633 to help us reach the families who need us.?Texts cost £5 plus 1 standard rate message. 98% is received by Marie Curie. To unsub text OUT to 78866.

If you, or someone you know, is affected by a terminal illness and concerned about Coronavirus, call the charity for free on 0800 090 2309 or visit mariecurie.org.uk/coronavirus?

Due to increased demand, Marie Curie has extended its service to seven days a week: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

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