CANCER charity Marie Curie is looking to reform a fundraising group in Stalybridge.
Julie Peters, who is in charge of community fundraising for Stockport and Tameside, has put out an appeal for volunteers.
She said: “We had a fundraising group in Stalybridge until about three years ago, but we were down to two women volunteers.
“It was not practical to continue so we reluctantly closed it, but the plan was always to recreate it in the future.”
There are two fundraising groups in Tameside covering Hyde and Denton and one in Ashton, and since 2011 they have raised more than £100,000.
In Tameside and Glossop they receive around 45-per-cent of their funding from the NHS and the other 55-per-cent is raised by the charity.
With Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal in March, Julie believes the time is perfect to reform a group in Stalybridge.
For the appeal, Julie wants help for Stalybridge:
• Collection box co-ordinators – this involves being responsible for the distribution of daffodil boxes and collection tins to local businesses: emptying, counting and banking the proceeds approximately three times annually.
• Supermarket collection hosts – meeting and greeting collectors, making sure their collection kit is at store ready for them, picking up, counting and banking the proceeds.
• Collectors – covering a two-hour collection slot at a local supermarket collection either during the Great Daffodil Appeal in March or Christmas Appeal in December.
Julie said: “I would love Stalybridge to become a hive of Marie Curie activity in 2018 and there are so many ways the community can get involved, starting with our Great Daffodil Appeal throughout March where we aim to get everyone wearing a daffodil.
“At Marie Curie we believe every day of your life. We are here for people living with any terminal illness and their families, whether it’s cancer or any other life limiting illnesses such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart failure and many other illnesses.
“We help everyone affected by a terminal illness get the information and support they need, whether you are the patient, a family member or friend we are here to help.”
The support line is a freephone number to both landlines and mobile phones on 0800 090 2309 and is available Monday-Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 11am to 5pm.
Also go online to mariecurie.org.uk/help where you will find wide variety of support whether you are recently diagnosed, living with a terminal illness, caring for someone, in need of practical information following a bereavement or you need financial guidance.
Marie Curie provides a nursing service in Tameside. Their nurses work night and day, in people’s homes providing hands-on care and vital emotional support.
Every five minutes someone in the UK dies without the care they need but Marie Curie believes everyone should be able to access the care they need at the end of their life and to make the most of the time they have left.
Their hospices offer the reassurance of specialist care and support in a friendly welcoming environment whether you’re staying in the hospice or just coming in for the day. They have nine hospices, two in the North West being Liverpool and Bradford.
Anybody interested in forming a Marie Curie group in Stalybridge or helping with the Great Daffodil Appeal can call Julie on 0161 255 2809 (Mon, Tues, Wed) or 07525 392982 or email: Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org