Marie Curie launches appeal during coronavirus crisis
Charity can save lives in coming weeks, says chief executive
30 March, 2020 — By Tom Foot
Staff at the Marie Curie
THE Marie Curie is appealing for funds so it can help “relieve the unprecedented pressure on the NHS during the coronavirus crisis”.
The charity’s hospice in Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead, survives on donations, events and also sales from high street shops.
Chief Executive Matthew Reed said: “Marie Curie nurses and frontline staff are needed more than ever as the NHS is put under ever greater strain. Our Hampstead hospice is 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.”
He added: “At the moment, 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.”
The charity says that “people overwhelmingly say they would prefer to die in their own home, or in a hospice, rather than a hospital”.
Its hospices can support the NHS by caring for patients who want to be in “a more appropriate setting”.
Mr Reed said the Marie Curie could “relieve the unprecedented pressure on the NHS during the coronavirus crisis”, adding: “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.”
Nationally, the charity requires £2.5million a week to continue to run its essential frontline services. Visit the website at mariecurie.org.uk/emergency or text NURSE to 70633. Texts cost £5 with 98 per cent going to the Marie Curie. To unsubscribe text OUT to 78866.