A Marie Curie bus is visiting Manchester next week, offering free help for anyone with concerns about terminal illness as well as information about how they can support the charity.
The double-decker bus will be at the Piazza at MediaCity for one week from Monday 15th April and people are invited to hop onboard to learn more about the care and support the charity provides for people living with a terminal illness and their families.
Palliative care is treatment, care and support for people with a life-limiting illness, and their family and friends. Research shows that one in four people in the UK miss out on the vital care they need at the end of life often due to lack of awareness of who can benefit from it, how to access it, when they can receive it, and gaps in services. The charity estimates that around 18,200 people in Greater Manchester could benefit from palliative care and support each year.
Bonnie Harris, Marie Curie Support Line Officer, said: “It’s really important that everyone living with a terminal illness gets access to care and support right from the point of diagnosis, allowing them to live well until they die. Many people miss out on palliative care because they don’t realise that help is out there, and that Marie Curie supports people with any terminal diagnosis which includes cancer, dementia and neurodegenerative conditions such as motor neurone disease.”
“Marie Curie is committed to driving awareness of the availability of end of life care services, so if you think you or your friends or family need support, then we’re here to help.”
“Our trained team can also signpost people to our Support Line where they can access emotional and practical support, as well as raise any clinical questions or concerns with an Information and Support Nurse. This could be anything from understanding a diagnosis to explaining treatments or talking through symptoms.”
The Marie Curie bus will be at the Piazza at MediaCity until 20th April and will be open between 10am to 5pm.