Marie Curie Cancer Care

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Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie Cancer Care logo.png
Founded 1948
Type charities
Focus Terminal Illness care, palliative care, End of Life care, Research, Nursing
Chief Executive
Dr Jane Collins
Mission Everyone with cancer and other illnesses will have the high quality care and support they need at the end of their life in the place of their choice.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a registered charitable organisation in the United Kingdom which provides nursing care, without charge, to terminally ill people at home and in hospices. It was established in 1948, the same year as the National Health Service.

In financial year 2010/11 the charity provided care to 31,800 terminally ill patients in the community and in its nine hospices, along with support for their families.[1] More than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals help provide this care.

At the nine Marie Curie Hospices, quality of life for patients is actively promoted as is providing much needed support for their carers. Marie Curie provides the largest number of hospice beds outside the National Health Service.[1]


Marie Curie Cancer Care was founded in 1948.

The Hampstead-based Marie Curie Hospital was transferred to the NHS, a group of committee members from the hospital decided to preserve the name of Marie Curie in the charitable medical field. This was the beginning of the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation − a charity dedicated to alleviating suffering from cancer today − today known as Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Following the donation of an engagement ring to help raise funds for the charity, the very first appeal was launched and brought in a substantial £4,000. By 1950 the ongoing appeal had raised a staggering £30,000 and two years later the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation officially became a charity - number 207994.

An extensive nationwide survey was undertaken to help identify medical, nursing and research needs in relation to cancer. The results formed the basis of the work of the Foundation and, largely, still do today.

Executive Board[edit]

The Executive Board delegate the day-to-day management of Marie Curie to their Chief Executive, Dr Jane Collins, who appoints the Executive Board, made up of the charity’s most senior managers. Who are:-

Dr Jane Collins (Chief Executive) Ruth Bravery(Interim Chief Operating Officer) Caroline Hamblett FCIPD (Director of Services) Charles Hooper (Chief Information Officer) Penny Laurence-Parr (General Counsel and Company Secretary) Dr Bill Noble (Medical Director) Dee Sissons MSc RGN (Director of Nursing) Andrew Whitehead ACA (Director of Finance)[2]

Marie Curie Nurses[edit]

Research commissioned by Marie Curie Cancer Care shows that 65 per cent of people would choose to die at home; in reality only 25 per cent do.

Marie Curie Nurses, always free of charge to patients and carers, provide home care for thousands of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses across the UK every year. As of 2013 Marie Curie Nurses cared for around 50 per cent of all cancer patients who die at home, working by day or through the night.

The nurses also provide practical and emotional support for families and carers.

Marie Curie Hospices[edit]

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides the largest number of hospice beds outside the NHS and voluntary contributions, together with statutory government funding, are essential to continue providing these services. There are hospices in Belfast, Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London (Hampstead), Liverpool, Newcastle, Penarth (near Cardiff), and Solihull.


Marie Curie Cancer Care is a leading funder of palliative care research to find better ways of caring for people with terminal illnesses at the end of life.

  • Marie Curie supports and funds the work of three long term Palliative Care Research Facilities across the UK - The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit, London, The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute, Liverpool and The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Cardiff.
  • Marie Curie awards research project grants in open competition to the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme annually and also funds an ongoing portfolio of grants from the Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Fund.
  • Marie Curie encourages research across its hospices and nursing service. To help achieve this, three posts are held through its Research Facilitator Programme at Marie Curie Hospices in Belfast, Edinburgh and the West Midlands.
  • Marie Curie hosts an annual research conference jointly held with the Palliative Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. The aim of the conference is to support the translation of research findings into practice.


Marie Curie Cancer Care adopted the daffodil emblem in 1986; it is also the emblem of leading cancer charities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland. Marie Curie Cancer Care's biggest fundraising campaign is called The Great Daffodil Appeal and takes place throughout March each year.

Actor Hugh Grant did publicity work for the organization in 2008 after his mother received care from Marie Curie Cancer Research. [3] [4]

Notable campaigns[edit]

Great Daffodil Appeal[edit]

The Great Daffodil Appeal is the flagship fundraising campaign of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Campanies and individuals sell daffodil pin badges and wear yellow in support.

Walk Ten[edit]

Walk Ten is a 10 km walk in various locations around the UK.

Blooming Great Tea Party[edit]

Blooming Great Tea Party runs over two weeks in June where individuals and companies provide tea and cakes in order to raise funds for the charity.


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