Generous shoppers fund a week of overnight care

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Almost 45 hours of free professional end of life care for terminally ill people in our area were ‘bought’ by big-hearted shoppers in Carnoustie.

Almost £900 was raised by 12 volunteers selling Marie Curie’s distinctive yellow daffodil lapel pins in the Co-op stores at High Street and Barry Road on Saturday, between 9am and 7pm.

Organised by the Carnoustie fundraising group, who formed just one year ago, the collection is part of the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal.

Every penny will be ploughed back into Marie Curie’s community nursing service locally.

Marie Curie patron Petra McMillan, from Carnoustie, said: “Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and their supporters we will be able to ‘buy’ almost five full night shifts for families in our own postcode area who are fighting terminal illness. ‘‘Because of that one collection, a nurse will be able to bring care and comfort to a family with our core overnight nursing service at home which runs from 10pm to 7am.

“Knowing their loved one is safe and cared for and is at home, where they most want to be close to the people and things that make them feel most comfortable, is a huge support to families who may be struggling to cope and desperately in need of their own rest.”

The Great Daffodil Appeal runs throughout March. To join a local collection or to find out more contact www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or contact Petra on 07717810365 or petramcmillan@sky.com