PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD & JOIN THE MAM TOR CHALLENGE FOR MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE

marie curie cancer care mam tor challenge

Marie Curie Cancer Care is inviting walkers across the region to make the most of the great outdoors by taking part in Mam Tor Challenge on, Saturday, 6th October 2012; and by doing so support the work of Marie Curie Nurses in the community.

Formerly, the Peak District Ramble and now celebrating its tenth year, 10 mile circular hike climbs the magnificent Iron Age settlement of Mam Tor.  Sitting at the western end of the stunning Hope Valley with the dramatic landscape and breathtaking views in every direction, Mam Tor, the ‘Shivering Mountain’, is constantly changing shape and is the perfect place to enjoy a walk through the stunning Peak District.  The route offers a challenging hike to both novice and experienced walkers alike.  A shorter route of eight miles is also available.

Marie Curie Cancer Care Events Fundraiser Edwin Turnham said: “Many people take part to remember a friend or loved one; others simply to enjoy a day out with family and friends in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.  The walk is a great opportunity to help Marie Curie Cancer Care raise vital funds which make a real and positive difference to the lives of local terminally ill people and their families.”

He continued “Marie Curie Cancer Care provides a free nursing service for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses who wish to be cared for at home at the end of their lives.  Marie Curie Nurses in Derbyshire have never been busier.  In fact last year they provided more than 21,626 hours of nursing care.  The demand for our service continues this year and we will need to raise £280,000 so that our nurses can continue their care in Derbyshire”.

Registration costs just £10, but everyone is asked to commit to raise as much as possible – £100 pays for five hours of nursing care, and £180 pays for a full night’s shift in a patient’s home.

For more information visit:  www.mariecurie.org.uk/events  or call 08700 340 040.

To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse.

ENDS

For further information including images, contact:

Regional Events Fundraiser: Edwin Turnham

Telephone: 01604 442313

Email: edwin.turnham@mariecurie.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK’s largest charities. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it provided care to more than 31,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its nine hospices last year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

Funding

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.

Research

The charity provides core funding for three palliative care research facilities; the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at University College London, the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool and the Marie Curie Palliative Care Centre at the Wales Cancer Trials Unit (Cardiff University). The charity also supports palliative and end of life care research through its project grant funding streams, the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme (administered by Cancer Research UK) and the Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Fund. 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 late 2012.

The right to die in place of choice

Research shows around 65 per cent of people 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 in their place of choice.

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