Terminal illness charity Marie Curie is appealing for donations from the people from Stoke-on-Trent to enable them to continue their vital work.
The charity is pledging to support additional dying patients across the city to help relieve pressure on the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.
Marie Curie is ready to give palliative care to more patients across the city following the increasing number of coronavirus deaths in the UK.
Dying people who do not want to be in hospital need to be moved to a more appropriate setting, as precious beds in critical care units are urgently required for patients who need lifesaving treatment.
The charity needs to raise £2.5 million a week to continue to run its essential frontline services, however its ability to generate this money has been seriously compromised due to the current lockdown.
According to the charity, people would prefer to die in their own home or in a hospice, rather than a hospital. People who are dying can leave hospital quickly, if the right package of care is in place and it is safe to do so.
Marie Curie are experts in providing that care and want to help – but they can only do so if money is raised to fund the vital work.
Marie Curie’s chief executive Matthew Reed explained the charity needs more donations from the generous people of Stoke-on-Trent in order to continue it’s care for dying people – as well as helping the NHS to cope with the current crisis.
He said: “At this time of national emergency, Marie Curie nurses and frontline staff are needed more than ever as the NHS is put under ever greater strain.
“We’re 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.
“But just as we want to help, our income has been decimated. We need donations urgently to keep our nurses and Hospice staff on the frontline.
“Unlike other healthcare providers, Marie Curie is reliant on donations from the public to survive. Every week the charity needs to raise £2.5million to care for the tens of thousands of people who require nursing and hospice care.
“Now, 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.
“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.”
The West Midlands Marie Curie Hospice is located in Solihull. If you would like to donate you can do so here.
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