Iain backs Marie Curie call

Iain Gray MSP has lent his support to help improve the lives of people in Scotland living with terminal illness.

Meeting with representatives from Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity recently, Iain was interested to hear about efforts to ensure that everyone should get the care and support they need at the end of life.

Marie Curie supported over 8,600 people in Scotland last year through their hospices, nursing care and support services. Every five minutes someone dies without the care they need, often missing out on care because they have a condition other than terminal cancer such as organ failure or Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and frailty. In Scotland 1 in 4 people (11,000) are still missing out on palliative care at the end of their lives.

Coinciding with their annual Great Daffodil Appeal in March, Marie Curie is asking people to donate and wear a daffodil pin to show support for people with all terminal illnesses. Every donation and daffodil worn helps Marie Curie provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and support for their families.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“Throughout my time as East Lothian’s MSP I have always supported the work of Marie Curie. I know what a great difference the care and support it provides makes to individuals at the end of their life and their families. I would encourage local people to support Marie Curie and share their experience during the Great Daffodil Appeal.”

Susan Brown, Marie Curie said:

“We believe everyone should get the care and support they need at the end of their life, regardless of their condition. We appreciate the support of Iain to highlight that people are still missing out. We hope people will join in by sharing their story on social media using #StillMissingOut.”

To find out more about the Great Daffodil Appeal, visit mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call free on 0800 304 7025. To donate £5 to Marie Curie, text DAFF to 70111