Marie Curie: Barbara’s story


Marie Curie are there for people living with any terminal illness, as well as their families. They offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.

We are proud to support our local Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which provides comprehensive care and emotional support to those in need.

Marie Curie work tirelessly to support people like Barbara, who sadly lost both of her parents earlier this year. Barbara kindly shared with us a letter she wrote to the Marie Curie nurses who cared for her dad at his home in Sunderland.

‘I really don’t know where to start to express my deep and lasting gratitude to you all, not only for the care you gave my dad during his last few weeks of life, but also the friendship and understanding you extended to me during one of the most difficult times of my life. Because of your care, my dad was able to die, as he wished at home and I was able to look after him until the end.’

‘One of the things you should all realise is that you added greatly to dad’s life and he spoke of you with great affection and deep gratitude for the things you did for him. He felt safe and cared for; genuinely enjoyed chatting with you when he woke during the night and was amazed that he could have Weetabix or porridge, not to mention a glass of Guinness in the small hours.

‘He would always give me a running commentary when I arrived the following morning. As you all know, mam died just twelve days before dad, so not only was he coping with his own illness, he lost his wife of 59 years which broke his heart and one of the comforts I have now is that they are together again.

‘Dad died as he lived, with dignity. He died peacefully at home and following his death I received calls from many of you expressing genuine sympathy – I was deeply touched by those calls and I thank you for them. It was proof once again that you truly care about the people you look after.

‘Please keep on doing what you did for dad and I for the many people who need you. I don’t know how you find the strength to do what you do; you are all truly remarkable people and we could not have coped without you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.’

We are supporting Marie Curie in our region via the Pay for a Day campaign, aiming to raise 6,584 to run the hospice for a full 24 hours. Find out more about the campaign here.

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