Published date : 05 Sep 2016

Jenny Gilruth MSP praised the support available for Fife residents living with a terminal illness and their families as she met with representatives from Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity.

At a meeting with Marie Curie staff on 26 August 2016 the Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP discussed her support for the charity’s Glenrothes Fundraising Group which has raised over £10,500 since July 2015. The group fundraises to support local Marie Curie Nurses who provide hands-on care and vital emotional support enabling families to be cared for and to die at home, where that is their choice and appropriate for them. Jenny Gilruth MSP also heard about the Marie Curie Helper Service in Fife, which provides one-to-one emotional support, companionship and information from trained volunteers.

In 2015/16 in NHS Fife 318 patients were supported in 4,255 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 hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh and Nursing Service.

Jenny Gilruth MSP said: “It was great to meet with representatives from Marie Curie. The charity does absolutely vital work here in Mid Fife and Glenrothes supporting individuals and families affected by terminal illness. I have huge admiration for those who fundraise, volunteer and provide services for Marie Curie. I know that there are hundreds of people throughout Mid Fife and Glenrothes who are extremely grateful for the support Marie Curie provides and I’d like to encourage those in need of support or keen to help out to get in touch with Marie Curie locally.”

Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager Scotland said: “We were delighted to speak to Jenny about the range of services we offer in Mid Fife and Glenrothes. Jenny was very supportive of the emotional and bereavement support available for people through our volunteer Helper Service. If you are interested in volunteering for the service or would like to discuss how our trained volunteers can support you in Fife, please contact Teresa Naylor on 0845 073 8697 or Visit”   

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Picture: Jenny Gilruth (centre left) with (from left):

  • Jennifer Gale, Community Fundraiser
  • Susan Lowes, Policy and Public Affairs Manager
  • Jenny Gilruth MSP
  • Teresa Naylor, Helper Volunteering Manager
  • Angela Jane McLelland, Marie Curie Nursing Service
  • Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs

For further information, contact Neale Gardiner on 07914077819
Or (Marie Curie): Gemma Smith Marie Curie Senior Media and PR Officer on 0131 561 3964

Notes to Editors

Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness - Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

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