SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has praised the support available for residents in Clydesdale living with a terminal illness and their families as she met with representatives from Marie Curie.
At a meeting with Marie Curie staff on 13 January 2017, Aileen discussed the charity’s activities across Clydesdale. The charity is looking to establish new volunteer fundraising groups across the region with one covering Clyde Valley and another in Biggar.
In 2015/16 in NHS Lanarkshire 448 patients were supported in 4,164 visits by Marie Curie. Across Scotland in 2015/16 the charity provided care and support for more than 8,000 people living with a terminal illness through its Nursing Service and hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Following the meeting, Ms Campbell said:
“It was good to meet Marie Curie along with Angela Crawley MP and hear how they are supporting our constituents. We know that palliative and end of life care is absolutely important to get right and the support and dedication shown by Marie Curie to Clydesdale is impressive.
“I was also interested in hearing their plans to create local fundraising groups in the area. The team from Marie Curie were impressed by the level of community activism across Clydesdale and felt that there was real opportunity to grow the presence of the charity in the area. If anyone has time they wish to use to help Marie Curie, then they should get in touch with the team who will provide guidance and support.”
Georgia Ramplin, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for South Lanarkshire said: