A BROUGHTY Ferry nurse who has supported over 130 families who were determined to honour the dying wish of a loved one, was on the receiving end of some VIP treatment on Tuesday.
Jane McGowan of Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity which provides free nursing to the terminally ill at home, received a complimentary hair and beauty makeover courtesy of Blu Hair and Beauty when she arrived to accept a cheque for more than £2,000 at their South Tay Street salon in Dundee.
Jane (51) who has been with Marie Curie for seven years but has spent the majority of her working life as a carer, admitted she was “very touched” to find herself on the receiving end of such pampering.
She said: “The Blu team have done so much this year to help us provide more care when we’re needed most but this is just a lovely gesture to be spoiled for the afternoon.
“My hair is the last thing I’m thinking about most of the time. I’m very touched that they’ve been so generous with their time - it means a lot to us.”
Thanks to Blu’s efforts the charity, which has 31 nurses currently working throughout Dundee and Angus, supporting scores of families, will be able to provide an additional 120 hours of free professional nursing care in these postcodes.
This boost comes at a time when more families than ever before are desperate to answer the last wish of a loved one keen to end their life in the place they feel most comfortable - home.
In 2011 one in two families who approached Marie Curie for care had to be turned away due to lack of funds but the charity is determined to reverse that trend and has set out to double nursing provision by 2014.
At present 63 per cent of patients faced with a terminal diagnosis want to end their life at home.
Marie Curie nurses patients with a range of terminal diagnoses, not just cancer.
Petra McMillan, Carnoustie based patron for Marie Curie in Dundee and Angus, praised Blu for their support and called on more businesses to back nurses like Jane.
She said: “We very much appreciate all that Blu has done for us to support our work. Every penny they raised will stay within this area to help Jane and her colleagues nurse more patients.
“Without generous souls like Andrew and his team we’d struggle to provide the service we do so we’d really like to hear from any local business who would like to help us to continue our work.”
Anyone who would like to learn more about the charity can contact Petra on 07717 810365 or visit the charity website via www.mariecurie.org.uk.