Charity needs help with collection in Ayrshire supermarket

End of Life Charity Marie Curie is looking for volunteers in East Ayrshire to help raise funds.

The association has organized a festive bucket drive at Morrisons in Kilmarnock on Sunday December 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is in urgent need of volunteers to help with the collection.

By donating two hours, people will help the association provide life-saving care and emotional support to families, who may be spending their last Christmas together, or those for whom it will be their first without a loved one.

Throughout the pandemic, Marie Curie has been on the front lines providing essential nursing care and support, and the money raised through fundraising will ensure the important work continues.

The money raised will also fund the Marie Curie information and support line, which is open throughout the holiday season.

The free and confidential helpline allows you to speak to a Marie Curie nurse if they have any health questions or concerns about any aspect of a terminal illness, from understanding a diagnosis to explaining treatments and discussing symptoms.

Trained information and support line workers can also provide practical advice and emotional support, such as advice on day-to-day care or where to find financial support, as well as grief assistance. .

Amanda Hood started collecting for Marie Curie last year after her partner Rob passed away in 2019. She says it feels good to give something back.

She explained, “Rob spent quite a bit of time in the hospice and they were fantastic. Even though I couldn’t afford to donate myself, I could volunteer my time. I took my three year old daughter Catrin with collections and she brightened up everyone’s day.

“It was very gratifying to be able to help Marie Curie and to raise money. So many people don’t realize that Marie Curie relies on fundraising and public generosity, which makes signing up for a collection all the more important – not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness. It does me good to be able to collect for Marie Curie and give something back.

Angela McCormack, Community fundraiser Marie Curie for Ayrshire, said:

“With the fundraisers canceled last year and many fundraising activities just picking up, now more than ever, we need people to immerse themselves in the Christmas spirit and join us for a local collection. Collectors are fundamental for Marie Curie and we urgently need people to register and support people at the end of their life.

“Christmas can be a difficult time for those who are grieving, living with a terminal illness or caring for a loved one who is dying. By signing up for just two hours of fundraising, you can help us continue to be there for everyone who needs us now and in the future.

“It can be a really fun and rewarding experience and the safety of collectors is a top priority, so we’re taking extra steps to make sure you feel comfortable.”

To reserve your two hour collection window, please visit mariecurie.org.uk/collect or contact your local community fundraiser, Angela McCormack on 07712 544865

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