Marie Curie receives £1000 thanks to members of The Heart of England Co-operative Society


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Kind-hearted members of the Heart of England Co-operative Society have voted for terminally ill people across Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands to receive a share of Society profits.

Marie Curie, which provides nursing care to patients across the region – either in their own home or in its Solihull-based hospice – has been awarded £1,000 following the Society’s latest annual charity survey among its members.

The money – funded from Society profits through the Helping Hearts Awards Scheme – will go towards the Marie Curie’s helper service in Coventry, a volunteer-led service to befriend terminally ill people, as well as its nursing service across Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

With 24 rooms in the hospice, Marie Curie provides short and long-term care for residents.

In 2014-15 the charity’s 150-strong Warwickshire and West Midlands nursing team provided 61,513 hours of nursing care to terminally ill people and their families, including 960 people in their own homes and 418 admissions to the hospice.

In 2015-16 the charity’s helper service – made up of 60 volunteers – supported 183 clients.

Kate McGrory, Community Fundraiser at Marie Curie, said: “The support received from the Heart of England Co-operative Society is fantastic and the £1,000 donation will make a considerable impact in the local community, funding 50 hours of nursing care to people living with a terminal illness and providing vital support to their families in the comfort of their own home or at our West Midlands hospice.

“On behalf of Marie Curie I would like to say a huge thank you to the Society and their customers for their generosity and support. We couldn’t do it without you!

Jo Dyke, Community and Membership Adviser at the Society, added: “We are delighted to be able to give our support to Marie Curie which plays a crucial role not just for terminally ill people in Coventry and Warwickshire, but throughout the wider West Midlands.

“The hospice plays a crucial role in the community, providing vital support to its service users and their families at the time when they need it most and we are pleased Helping Hearts is able to support this excellent work.”

The survey is circulated among the Society’s 121,000-strong members every year.

With the most votes, the RNIB Pears Centre received £3,000 while the remaining £2,000 was equally divided between Marie Curie and the Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton.

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