A LAW firm has chosen to fundraise for Marie Curie after hearing how the charity supported one of its employees when her mum was diagnosed with cancer during the pandemic.
Helen Cartwright, a secretary at Wilkes Partnership’s Solihull office, nominated the charity after her mum, Margaret Nicholls (75), was supported by Marie Curie when she was diagnosed with Stage four Metastatic Lung Cancer in September 2020.
Helen said: “Through Covid, the West Midlands hospice at home team were an absolute godsend, me and my brother were caring for mum at her home, but medically we did not have a clue.
“The nurses and health care assistants made my mum’s end of life as comfortable as possible. They chatted to her, made sure all her medication was up to date and that she was in the least amount of pain. They were also there for me and my brother if we wanted to talk or even have a cry.
“Without them, me and my brother would only been able to visit mum in the hospice separately for one hour a day due to Covid restrictions.
“Our lovely mum died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, which is just what she wanted, thanks to the care and compassion of Marie Curie Nurses.”
Wilkes is planning various events for Marie Curie over the next two years, linking up with the Birmingham City office and hoping to raise up to £6,000.
Ann-Marie Aston, a partner at Wilkes, is taking part in the Solihull half marathon in August in aid of the charity.
Over the last 10 years, Marie Curie has delivered care to over 13,500 patients in the West Midlands, providing nursing services in patient’s homes as well as in the In-Patient Unit at the Marsh Lane hospice.