Volunteer fundraising groups across Wales have been thanked by Marie Curie nurses this Volunteers Week – for raising an incredible £2 million between them for the terminal illness charity.
Marie Curie provides care and support to people living with a terminal illness through its nursing services across Wales, and at its Cardiff and the Vale Hospice in Penarth. Marie Curie Nurses also provide support to family members.
The volunteer fundraising groups began to be set up in 2012 and in that time the 27 groups across Wales have raised the amount to help provide that care.
The Penarth fundraising group existed before the current set up, and has since worked together to raise funds towards this total.
Fundraising groups take part in a variety of events, from hosting supermarket collections to organising Blooming Great Tea Parties and their own events, including bingo and quiz nights – and a Firewalk is being arranged for later this year in Penarth.
The groups include people whose family have previously received Marie Curie support, and those who wanted to help a good cause.
They also raise awareness of Marie Curie in their own communities.
Nurses from the organisation filmed thank you videos to show their appreciation of the support received by the volunteers.
Sara Bass, fundraising manager for Wales for Marie Curie, said:
“We are utterly delighted that our groups have passed this incredible £2 million milestone.
“It’s a testament to their hard work, and the support they receive from our Community Fundraising staff, who provide them with support and encouragement for their events and their support of our big appeals like the Great Daffodil Appeal.
“From North, South, East and West, we absolutely value the time these volunteers give to help raise these funds for Marie Curie.
“Thank you to each and every one of you for your support.”