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3:38 PM 11th December 2020
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Festive Fundraising For Marie Curie

Marie Curie Community Fundraiser, Kelly Maton, whose mum – Denise - sadly died on Christmas Day 2012 is calling on people from across Yorkshire to help raise vital funds for the charity during December. As the traditional festive street and supermarket collections are unable to take place this year, Marie Curie is urging local people to take on their own challenge or donate to Give a Shift.

Marie Curie nurse Beth Namara
Marie Curie nurse Beth Namara
Why not swap cards for cash – could you make a small donation instead of buying and posting Christmas cards this year. Add us to your Christmas gift list by including Marie Curie on your list of who to buy for – £2.00 will pay for a patient to enjoy a glass of wine on Christmas Eve. If you’re sacrificing a seasonal night out, consider donating what you would have paid for a new outfit or taxi ride home. Don your Christmas jumper and organise a festive sing along or virtual Christmas party. Or set yourself a 12k’s of Christmas challenge – complete a sponsored run, walk or cycle ride doing 1km per day for 12 days in December.

As part of the Give a Shift campaign, the charity is aiming to raise around £15,000 to fund 748 hours of expert nursing care and emotional support across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day so that people in Yorkshire can stay at home in the comfort of their own bed, surrounded by the people and things they love.

£180 will pay for a whole night of care from a Marie Curie nurse for someone living with a terminal illness and respite and emotional support for their family. As many behaviours have shifted during the pandemic, including the way people are spending money, the charity is encouraging people to donate money usually spent on things like takeaway coffees, gym membership or the office commute.

Kelly's Mum - Denise and Kelly Maton
Kelly's Mum - Denise and Kelly Maton
Kelly Maton explained:
“Because of my own personal experience, I know that for families facing terminal illness, Christmas can seem impossibly hard. I understand the importance of having expert support when loved ones are dying and the impact it can have on individuals and family members if they don’t get the help needed. My Mum sadly passed away on Christmas Day in hospital after a battle with ovarian cancer, but we would have given the world for her to have been at home as that was her final wish. That’s why I’m urging people to make a difference this Christmas.”

If you would like to make a donation to our Just Giving page, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bradfordhospicechristmas or visit Marie Curie to donate to Give a Shift.