Kind Andrew does his bit to aid Marie Curie
A committed Strath fundraiser has issued a call for big-hearted locals to join a group designed to support a charity close to his heart.
Crieff resident Andrew Aitken is backing terminal illness charity Marie Curie after his father died of cancer in December 2014 and was cared for at home by nurses employed by the good cause.
As months went by in 2014, Andrew and his family witnessed his father’s health gradually declining. The family knew that he wanted to spend his final days at home with his loved ones around him.
Andrew said: “For two weeks that December, we had the services of Marie Curie nurses to help with care in the evenings and nights. This allowed the strain on my mum, brother and myself to be eased significantly and made it possible for my dad to stay at home and fulfil his last wish.”
Since losing his father, Andrew has shown his support for Marie Curie by raising money through a series of sponsored challenges, including marathons, cycles and triathlons – as well as organising the annual Great Daffodil Appeal collection in Crieff.
Now the young father would like to set up a Marie Curie fundraising group in Crieff and the surrounding area.
Andrew said “Without a local support group, it has been hard to organise and coordinate activities.
“To have a fundraising group set up within the Crieff and Strathearn area would be amazing.
“I believe it will help raise the profile of Marie Curie and the incredible work the charity and nurses do with palliative care within the area.
“Marie Curie would be more visible and vital funds secured so many more families, like mine, can benefit from the services Marie Curie provides.”
Helen Zollinger, a community fundraiser for the charity, said “Being part of a fundraising group is a fun, flexible and sociable way to volunteer in your local community and make a real difference to those living with a terminal illness, and their families.
“There are over 90 Marie Curie fundraising groups in Scotland but as yet, there is no group in the Strathearn area.”
An informal meeting in relation to the formation of the group will be held in the Earn Room at Crieff Hydro Hotel from 6.30pm on Thursday, January 18.
All are warmly invited to attend, hear from Andrew and other supporters who have been helped by Marie Curie and find out more about being part of a local fundraising group.
Anyone who would like to attend can contact Helen on 0131 561 3948 or by sending an email to helen.zollinger@mariecurie. org.uk.
RSVPs can also be submitted via the website www.mariecuriecrieff. eventbrite.com
Marie Curie employs more than 2000 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside of the NHS.
Fundraising Crieff resident and young father, Andrew Aitken, has been a keen supporter of the terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, since his father died of cancer three years ago