Major charity’s bid to set up a fundraising group in Spalding

Gary Burr, the Marie Curie fundraiser for Lincolnshire, receiving a cheque following a fundraising event at Sleaford branch of Halifax. ANL-161207-102643001
Gary Burr, the Marie Curie fundraiser for Lincolnshire, receiving a cheque following a fundraising event at Sleaford branch of Halifax. ANL-161207-102643001
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Marie Curie, the major national charity providing care and support to people with terminal illness, is seeking volunteers for a new fundraising group in Spalding.

The charity’s 70 Lincolnshire nurses work in people’s homes in towns and villages the length and breadth of the county, but their care is only possible thanks to volunteers who raise vital cash.

“Volunteers are vital to Marie Curie – without them we would not be able to continue providing care and support to people living with a terminal illness.”

Marie Curie nursing manager Sue Smith

Garry Burr, Marie Curie’s community fundraiser for Lincolnshire, is appealing for volunteers in the Spalding area to help organise various fundraising activities and lend a hand with the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Gary said: “There’s training provided. There’s no experience necessary – they just really need to be enthusiastic.”

He says the charity supports people with any terminal illness, not just cancer, and there’s a great need for its work in Lincolnshire.

Gary said: “We want people to decide where they want to spend their final hours and it tends to be at home.”

Support from Marie Curie nurses not only helps those who are terminally ill but the loved ones who care for them because they get a break.

“Our nurses tend to go in at night time, 10pm to 6am,” said Gary.

As well as seeking volunteers from the Spalding area, Gary is hoping businesses will get on board and give support in any way they can, perhaps by nominating Marie Curie as their charity of the year.

Marie Curie nursing manager Sue Smith said: “Fundraising volunteers are a fantastic asset to Marie Curie and we want to thank them for giving up their time to support the charity.

“Volunteers are vital to Marie Curie – without them we would not be able to continue providing care and support to people living with a terminal illness.”

This year saw the 30th anniversary of the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal, which sees thousands of people buying a bright yellow synthetic daffodil. It grew from humble beginnings in Scotland, when volunteers handed out fresh daffodils, to a multi-million success with £8.26 million raised in 2014 to fund 413,000 nursing hours.

• To volunteer please call Gary on 07525 801531 or email gary.burr@mariecurie.org.uk