SUPPORT: We are here to offer help

The year is drawing to a close and as Christmas begins to take shape your readers will be turning their thoughts to their loved ones.

Many people will also be caring for someone living with a terminal illness.

In fact, more than one million people in the UK are expected to be supporting a family member who has a terminal illness this Christmas, while trying to cope with the possibility that this could be their last together.

Across the UK, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, our Marie Curie Nurses will be working more than 3,500 nursing shifts, supporting families affected by terminal illness.

Christmas is a time when it is important for people to be surrounded by the things that they love the most, and it is a privilege to be able to help someone during these moments.

Sadly, we know that many carers miss out on the vital support that they need.

This is often because they don’t see themselves as a carer, but as someone who is supporting their loved one in every way they can.

Caring for someone at home can be a very rewarding, but also an isolating experience.

People often say that they just do not know where to turn to for help and don’t know what support is available to them.

This Christmas, the Marie Curie Support Line is open for free, confidential support and practical information on all aspects of terminal illness.

With extended opening hours throughout the Christmas period, we’re here if your readers need someone to talk to.

The Marie Curie Support Line will be open from December 24 to January 5, from 9am to 5pm each day.

For more information, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk

Alternatively, call the support line on 0800 090 2309.

Karen Torley

Divisional General Manager for the North East,

Marie Curie