Thank you Marie Curie, our Yorkshire Christmas Fair 2017 charity.
Yorkshire Fair Charity - Marie Curie
As we celebrate the start of Christmas with our hugely popular Christmas Fair, held at York Racecourse between 9–12 November, our official fair charity, Marie Curie, will be gearing up for one of the busiest times in its year.
Originally known as Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity rebranded in 2015 to better reflect the work it does. ‘We care for anybody with any terminal illness, regardless of the condition,’ explains Jennifer Carmichael, Community Fundraiser at the charity’s North Yorkshire arm. Indeed, one-third of all the people the charity care for have a condition other than cancer.
Across North Yorkshire the charity has 39 Marie Curie nurses, who deliver expert care, emotional support and guidance to those with a terminal illness. In the Vale of York alone, the charity provided more than 8,300 hours of care across 923 visits last year, including overnight stays, allowing family and carers a much-needed night off.
As our population ages, more and more of us will need end of life care. By one estimate, by 2040 nearly half of the population will need to be looked after in their final days. However, the amount being spent on end of life care research is minuscule, a fraction of a percent of the overall medical research budget.
Marie Curie are trying to counter that by being the largest charitable funder of end of life care research. ‘For every £5 spent on research in the UK, Marie Curie funds £1,’ explains Jennifer. Every year, the charity invests £1 million in grants to researchers. ‘We want to do as much research as we can so the care we’re providing is the best it possibly can be,’ Jennifer says. ‘There are lots of ways people can get involved and support us.’
The charity will be revealing plans for Living North’s Christmas Fair soon. Come along and meet them to learn more about the great work they do first-hand.