There's no stopping Nurse Heather!
"I’ve been working at the Marie Curie Hospice in Edinburgh for 25 years now, and I love my job! The care is second to none – and it’s a really happy, vibrant place to work.
I can’t wait for this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal – I go collecting for it every year. My five-year-old grandsons Sonny and Ollie will be joining me, and it’s a great chance to talk to people about the work we do at the hospice.
I could chat all day. People don’t realise how much we rely on generous donations from people like you. They think we’re fully funded by the NHS. It’s always a surprise to them, so I tell them to pop in an extra pound!
Our work can be hard – you never get used to patients dying. But it means so much to be able to make people comfortable. And that simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of people like you, thank you."
The animals behind Marie Curie It's a dogs life!
Nine-year-old Dennis the cockapoo isn’t just a pretty face. As a therapy dog, he’s also a vital member of the team at the Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool, helping to reduce stress and bring back happy memories for people receiving care.
“Even when he was a puppy, Dennis was so easy to train,” says owner, Shelly. He picked things up really quickly. I’d seen something about pets as therapy dogs on Facebook and realised Dennis would be perfect for it.
“Once he qualified, the Liverpool hospice was the first place I called. I was brought up near the hospice, and know people who’ve received
“Now when I walk in with Dennis, the reactions of the patients are amazing. He always puts a smile on their faces.
“He’s definitely a people dog. And he loves the attention he gets at the hospice – his tail never stops wagging!”
Dennis, whose hobbies include frisbee, eating chicken and watching ITV series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs has become a firm favourite with the hospice staff and everyone else who works for Marie Curie.
“He’s amazing,” reveals Community Fundraiser Julie Zafari. “He completely lights up the hospice every time he comes in. Just look at him – he could brighten anyone’s day.”
To congratulate our therapy dog Dennis for being an amazingly good boy, we've created his very own pin badge. Have a look and order yourself one here.
Will you be the next big winner?
Every week you’re in with a chance of receiving a prize. And, win or lose, you’ll be helping provide care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.
Here is what some of our previous winners had to say:
“ I’m astounded – I’ve never won anything before in my life! I lost my beautiful daughter Vicki aged just 39, and my sister Jan at Christmas 2018. It means so much to support such a wonderful charity.” - Valerie Turley
“ When my uncle had bowel cancer, your beautiful nurses were truly amazing – by playing I feel like I’m saying thank you. I’m using my winnings to take my Mum on a break!” - Rosemarie Sanges
“ It was such a surprise to win. My husband and I will be spending it on some goodies that we can enjoy at home.” - Norma Watson
What would you spend your winnings on? Keep an eye on our winner's list as you could be our next Weekly Lottery winner!
Need support? We’re here for you
Call us free on 0800 090 2309 to speak to an Information and Support Nurse or trained member of staff.
We’re here for you with the support you need, when you need it. Ring the Marie Curie Support Line for confidential practical or clinical information and emotional support if you’re living with or caring for someone who has a terminal illness, whatever your situation.
You can now choose to speak to an Information and Support Nurse when you call between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday or 11am to 5pm on Saturdays.
Have you seen our latest campaign?
Perhaps you’ve seen our latest campaign to help people talk more openly about death. It’s a challenging subject, but we know how important it can be for people to feel comfortable when talking about and preparing for the end of life.
The campaign’s all about starting the conversation. It includes a TV ad which covers some of the different euphemisms people use for death, and a specially-designed pack of playing cards, which anyone can order to help them discuss death and their wishes for what happens afterwards.