For immediate release thDate: Tuesday 26 January 2010
Get fit in 2010 with Marie Curie Cancer Care
- the leading charity for events and challenges -
Whoever you are and whatever your level of fitness, if you are looking for inspiration
to get back into shape after Christmas, Marie Curie’s Rise to the Challenge
programme of events has something for everyone both at home, abroad and
throughout the year, offering runs, treks, triathlons, cycle rides, swimming, walking,
dancing and more.
New for 2010 is the amazing Tri Jordan experience, offering the opportunity to trek,
cycle or horse ride across Jordan to Petra. Susan Durman from Rampton in
Cambridge is taking part in the challenge between 30 October – 6 November and has chosen to horse ride across Jordan which is steeped in history and culture.
Susan said “I lost my mother to cancer last year; I decided I would like to fundraise to
help other families living with cancer and combine my passion for horseriding. The Tri
Jordon challenge is an amazing opportunity to achieve a once in a lifetime
experience whilst helping others.” If you would like to sponsor Susan please visit
Last year, 11 Marie Curie Nurses and Health Care Assistants in Cambridgeshire
cared for 185 patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes
totally free. We can’t do this without the generous support of those who raise funds
for us. By taking on one of these once in a lifetime challenges you can help provide
Marie Curie nurses in Cambridgeshire, ?20 will provide one hour of care.”
To take part, contact Victoria Beckinsale on 07798 638097 or telephone 08700 340
040, visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk/challenge or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, contact:
Fundraiser name: Victoria Beckinsale
Position: Community Fundraiser Cambridgeshire
Telephone: 07798 638097 or 01920 469500 Email: Victoria.email@example.com
Notes to editors
Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK’s largest charities. Employing more than
2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it expects to provide care to around 29,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
Around 70 per cent of the charity’s income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of our funds coming from the NHS.
Marie Curie Nurses
The charity is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end-of-life care, totally free for patients in their own homes.
The charity has two centres for palliative care research, The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at University College London and The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool.
It also funds seven fundamental scientific research groups which investigate the causes and treatments of cancer. This research was previously carried out at the Marie Curie Research Institute in Oxted, Surrey. The programmes are now located in universities around the country, and will receive funding from the charity until 2012.
Supporting the choice to die at home
Research shows around 65 per cent of people would like to die at home if they had a terminal illness, with a sizeable minority opting for hospice care. However, more than 50 per cent of cancer deaths still occur in hospital, the place people say they would least like to be. Since 2004 Marie Curie Cancer Care has been campaigning for more patients to be able to make the choice to be cared for and die at home. ___________________________________________________________________