What you can do to help
In the UK each year Marie Curie provide care and support for more than 40,000 people living with a terminal illness and their families but they can’t do what they do without their supporters. If you would like to make a difference for people living with a terminal illness, there are many ways in which you can help.
Here are a few ideas to get you started…
Walk to Remember: This autumn, why not take an evening walk to remember someone close to you, all whilst raising money for Marie Curie? The 10km walks are taking place at 17 beautiful locations across the UK, including five National Trust sites. Sign up in pairs or groups, embark on your walk to celebrate someone you love, enjoy a picnic and fireworks, and raise money for a fantastic cause.
Great Daffodil Appeal: Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal makes it possible for our nurses to provide free hands-on care for more people with a terminal illness at home. Every March millions of people across the UK show their support for our work by simply giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin. You can help by signing up to be a collector, just visit https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/daffodil-appeal. Since the first Great Daffodil Appeal took place in 1986, an incredible £80.4m has been raised to fund more of the care and emotional support we’re famous for.
Blooming Great Tea Party: Get together with friends and family in June 2016 and raise money to help Marie Curie Nurses care for more people living with a terminal illness across the UK. Your Tea Party can be whatever you want it to be. A totally tea-riffic garden party, a communi-tea get together in the village hall or your very own Marie Curie-inspired office bake off. Whatever you choose, you’ll have a blooming great time while raising money for a blooming great cause.
All Year Round
By making a donation to Marie Curie, you will be helping to provide a better life for people and their families with any terminal illness. Whether large or small, regular or single donation, your contribution can make a real difference. For example, £10 a month will pay to nurse those with terminal illnesses for six hours every year, allowing them to spend their final moments at home with their loved ones.
General Volunteering Roles: Are you enthusiastic and full of energy? Use this to help people living with a terminal illness by volunteering at Marie Curie. Whether you want to become a Marie Curie Helper, volunteer in your local charity shop (they have 190 across the UK) or take part in a collection, there are many ways in which you can use your time and skills to help Marie Curie.
Join a Fundraising Group: If you are interested in playing an central role in Marie Curie’s national fundraising campaigns, why not join a local fundraising group by singing up online? You can take part in national fundraising campaigns such as the Blooming Great Tea Party, the Great Daffodil Appeal and other yearly collections. As a group, you can also act as an ambassador for Marie Curie, spreading the word about what Marie Curie do and encouraging others to get involved. It is a great way of making friends, whilst raising funds for this remarkable charity.
Whether you want to take part in an event, raise money in your local area or give your time as a volunteer, only you can make sure that they can continue caring for people living with a terminal illness across the UK.
Stuck for ideas for your fundraising events? Here are a few to get you started…
- Bake sale: If you love (making or eating!) cake, why not hold a bake sale in aid of Marie Curie? You could invite everyone in your office to make their best cake, and even hold a decorating competition to find the “star baker!”
- Auction of promises: Tell everyone about your skill or talent and then auction off your services! Whether you’re a budding masterchef and promise to cook a meal for two, or you’re a golf pro and offer an afternoon of golf tuition, an ‘auction of promises’ is a fun way of raising money for Marie Curie.
- Fancy dress: Spice up your average work or school day by organising a fancy dress fundraising event. This can be as simple or as wacky as you like – from dress-down and non-uniform days to themes such as Disney, 70s or film stars.
- Raffle: Raffles have been popular for decades, and it’s easy to see why. People love the prospect of winning a prize, and it’s a great way of getting local businesses involved.
- Come Dine with Marie Curie: If you’re a keen cook, why not host a dinner party and charge for an entry ticket or on a ‘per course’ basis?
You’ll find even more fundraising ideas on the Marie Curie website so take a look and join in today.