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Project information

The Marie Curie Nursing Service, Christmas 2011

For the many patients and families we care for, being part of one last family Christmas is their most cherished wish. Over the festive period, Marie Curie Nurses will be providing care and support to hundreds of families enabling them to spend one more special Christmas together, in their own homes.

December 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Marie Curie

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  • Need


    Research shows that 65% of people would choose to die at home, but in reality most people will die in hospital where they least want to be. Marie Curie believes everybody should be able to die in the place of their choice, close to family and friends, surrounded by the things that they love. Being able to be at home in the final stages of life is hugely important to those with a terminal illness, never more so than at Christmas when being part of festive family traditions can be so comforting.


    Whilst being a joyous time of year, Christmas is also heartbreaking, exhausting and stressful when there is a terminally ill loved one to look after. Marie Curie Nurses will spend their Christmas with a patient and their family providing all the practical care and emotional support they may need. Being there for families throughout this time will enable them to remain at home together, rather than spend Christmas on an unfamiliar hospital ward where personal comforts are at a minimum.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable more terminally ill patients to die in the place of their choice


    » Increase the number of Marie Curie Nurses across the UK so that we can reach more patients and their families.
    » Raise our profile so that we are better known and understood in order to influence health policy and to grow our fundraising support.
    » Increase the money we raise through fundraising by using many different methods of raising money.
    » Increase the money we raise through fundraising by using many different methods of raising money.

    What success will look like

    In 2010 we cared for over 23,000 patients at home, 8% more than the year before.
    Comparing this year’s figures to last year will provide evidence of growth, showing our success.

  • Impact


    Marie Curie has introduced some exciting new initiatives to help make it easier for people to remain at home at the end of their life.
    Our Rapid Response and Multi-Visit teams are reactive services that allow us to visit more patients per shift compared to our traditional nursing service. We are also piloting the Marie Curie Helper service where trained volunteers visit patients during the day to provide practical advice and emotional support.


    Each Marie Curie Nurse is approximately half funded by the NHS. Our ability to increase the amount of care we provide is dependant upon reaching agreement with the NHS on how much nursing can be provided in each area.
    We are working more closely than ever with the NHS across the UK to ensure that we maintain a successful and effective partnership so that all local communities have access to and can benefit from our care.


    All donors to Marie Curie Cancer Care in the Big Give Christmas Challenge will receive an update after 6 months. This update will report on our nursing service over the Christmas period in 2011 and will display the difference that their donation has made to patients and their families at this time.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £95,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £95,000 Home nursing at Christmas £95,000 will fund the whole UK wide Marie Curie Nursing Service from Christmas Eve - Boxing Day 2011
  • Background


    The Marie Curie Nursing Service covers over 95% of the UK, caring for terminally ill patients in their own homes. From Christmas Eve to Boxing Day in 2010, Marie Curie provided over 4,700 hours of nursing care to people in their own homes, at a cost of £20 an hour. £95,000 would fund our nursing service across the UK for these 3 key days of Christmas 2011, when it is so special for patients to be at home surrounded by family and friends rather than in hospital where they would least like to be.


    Marie Curie Nurses are not just there for the patient, but the whole family. They make the end of life as comfortable as possible and offer very personalised support, going the extra mile to ensure individual wishes are met. Some patients receive care for just one night; others for many weeks. Whatever their situation, we ensure that they and their family have the support they need in order to avoid unnecessary admission to hospital and distress to their family.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Marie Curie is the leading charity provider of end of life care in the UK. We have over 2,000 nurses in the UK who provide quality hands on care to patients; Marie Curie Nurses care for over half of all cancer patients who die in their own homes. We are also a leader in research into caring for people at the end of their lives. Both our research and our efforts to innovate and explore new ways of providing services concentrate on how care can be improved.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Marie Curie Nurses

    Our wonderful nurses will spend their Christmas with patients and families, giving them the gift of one last Christmas together in their own home.

    Marie Curie Supporters

    Without our generous supporters we would not be able to provide the level of care and support that we do, growing our services year on year.

Helping families stay together at Christmas

Helping families stay together at Christmas


£180 will pay for one overnight nursing shift.