Cash boost will fund new ser­vice to sup­port can­cer suf­fer­ers

The Oban Times - - News -

MARIE CURIE can­cer sup­port in Ar­gyll and Bute has been awarded a grant of £ 320,188.

The fund­ing will pay for a new ser­vice to pro­vide be­friend­ing sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als cop­ing with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness. Vol­un­teers will be re­cruited and trained to pro­vide sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies or car­ers.

The ser­vice will of­fer oneto- one be­friend­ing, in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on pal­lia­tive care to en­sure ter­mi­nally-ill peo­ple are able to re­main at home for as long as they wish.

Ar­gyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara wel­comed the news, say­ing: ‘ While we hope we are never in this sit­u­a­tion, the value of the work of Marie Curie and sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tions can­not be un­der­stated.

‘What this award from the Big Lottery Fund’s In­vest­ing in Com­mu­ni­ties scheme con­firms is that we as a so­ci­ety still care; that there are in­di­vid­u­als and groups who can, and do, of­fer their time, their ear and their com­pas­sion for noth­ing other than to know they’ve helped.

‘So this grant is im­mensely wel­come but it’s also an op­por­tu­nity for us to recog­nise and re­flect on the work of vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions who seek noth­ing in re­turn other than the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port and care within our com­mu­ni­ties.’

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