SUPPORT: Here to help at difficult times

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As Christmas begins to take shape readers will be turning their thoughts to their loved ones.

More than one million people in the UK are expected to be supporting a family member who has a terminal illness this Christmas, while trying to cope with the possibility that this could be their last together.

From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, our Marie Curie Nurses will be working over 3,500 nursing shifts. It is a privilege to be able to help.

Sadly, we know that many carers miss out on the vital support they need, often because they don’t see themselves as a carer, but as someone who is supporting their loved one in every way they can.

The Marie Curie Support Line is open for free, confidential support and practical information on all aspects of terminal illness. It will be open from December 24 to January 5, from 9am to 5pm. For more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk or call the support line on 0800 090 2309.

Karen Torley

Divisional General Manager, Marie Curie