Marie Curie Cancer Care is urging aspiring adventurers to take part in its exciting new Tri-Jordan fundraising challenge from 30 October to 6 November 2010. The 8-day trek will see participants exploring the historic Kingdom of Jordan on foot, bike or horseback, to help Marie Curie Nurses care for terminally ill people in their own homes or in one of the charity’s hospices.
The expedition across the spectacular desert landscape of Jordan is a test of endurance, strength and determination, culminating in a breathtaking trek through ancient valleys to reach the magnificent city of Petra – one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
There’s still time to sign up for this challenge of a lifetime and raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Would-be adventurers can find out more by visiting http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/trijordan.
Marie Curie Cancer Care Community Fundraiser Jackie Johnston said: “The Tri-Jordan challenge is an opportunity to discover one of the most extraordinary places in the world, while at the same time raising funds to help terminally ill patients choose where they spend their final days. We hope the adventure and thrill of this challenge will inspire people to take part and raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.”
Ends 18 March 2010
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Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK’s largest charities. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it expects to provide care to around 29,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
Around 70 per cent of the charity’s income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of our funds coming from the NHS.
Marie Curie Nurses
The charity is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end-of-life care, totally free for patients in their own homes.
The charity has two centres for palliative care research, The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at University College London and The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool.
It also funds seven fundamental scientific research groups which investigate the causes and treatments of cancer. This research was previously carried out at the Marie Curie Research Institute in Oxted, Surrey. The programmes are now located in universities around the country, and will receive funding from the charity until 2012.
Supporting the choice to die at home
Research shows around two thirds of people in Scotland would like to die at home if they had a terminal illness, with a sizeable minority opting for hospice care. However, more than 50 per cent of cancer deaths still occur in hospital, the place people say they would least like to be. Since 2004 Marie Curie Cancer Care has been campaigning for more patients to be able to make the choice to be cared for and die at home.
Marie Curie Cancer Care has two hospices in Scotland, one in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow. Through the hospices, they offer specialist end of life care for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and their families. The hospices provide a combination of day services, in-patient care, care in the home, social, spiritual and family support and bereavement support.
Marie Curie hospices actively promote quality of life for people with cancer and other illnesses and provide support for their families, completely free.
Marie Curie Cancer Care – Registered Charity Number: SCO 38731.