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Marie Curie needs you!

PUBLISHED: 12:11 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:11 17 November 2017

Marie Curie is in desperate need of collectors and collection box coordinators in Wymondham, King's Lynn, Thetford, Fakenham and Dereham. Picture: Lynn Ballingall

Marie Curie is in desperate need of collectors and collection box coordinators in Wymondham, King's Lynn, Thetford, Fakenham and Dereham. Picture: Lynn Ballingall

2016, Photography 78 by Lynn Ballingall

Marie Curie is in desperate need of volunteers across Wymondham, Thetford, King’s Lynn, Fakenham and Dereham.

Clive Evans collecting for Marie Curie. Picture: Marie Curie Clive Evans collecting for Marie Curie. Picture: Marie Curie

The UK’s leading charity for the terminally ill is seeking collection box co-ordinators to help facilitate fundraising, enabling the charity to continue providing invaluable hands-on care to the terminally ill.

Hugo Stevenson, Marie Curie community fundraiser for Norfolk, said those who volunteer for the role will make an enormous difference.

He said: “As a volunteer collection box co-ordinator you will help to raise vital money and awareness for Marie Curie. We’re appealing for people who can look after collection boxes in the local community, count and bank the monies and also spot new opportunities to place boxes in the community. It’s a great way to get involved with Marie Curie and the money raised from the boxes will help us to provide vital care and support to people in Norfolk who need it the most.”

The charity is also eager to recruit new collectors and collection coordinators across these regions, so that vital funds can be raised in supermarkets and shopping centres, as they already are across the majority of Norfolk - particularly during the Great Daffodil Appeal in spring.

Clive Evans, a 58-year-old from Surlingham, began collecting six years ago, when his wife started working as a nurse for Marie Curie.

He said: “Everybody is going to die, and barring an accident you typically have two choices; you either die in a cold and lonely hospital, or you can die at home surrounded by your family and friends - where would you like to die?

“Raising money for Marie Curie gives people that second choice. Plus everything we collect in Norfolk we spend in Norfolk.

“What could be more uplifting than enabling someone to have their dying wish come true?”

Mr Evans’ wife, Alexandra, confirms that working as a Marie Curie nurse before she retired was anything but depressing.

She said: “My job could be funny, interesting, sad, frustrating, rewarding, exhausting, exhilarating and sometimes a bit frightening, but it was never ever depressing and I considered myself privileged to do my job.”

For more information and to get involved, please contact Hugo Stevenson on 07920 235435.

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