All skills needed for charity

BIG-HEARTED Leythers are being asked to help raise money for cancer care in a new group covering Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley.

The group aims to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and its Nurse Appeal, and wants to hear from anyone who would like to get involved.

Members of the group will organise fund-raising events, help with supermarket collections and speak in public about the charity’s work.

The efforts to start a new fund-raising group are being backed by the Leigh Reporter as part of our Safe Hands Appeal, which is encouraging people to raise the £83,000 Marie Curie requires to support its nurses in the Leigh and Wigan area for 12 months.

Marie Curie fundraiser Siobhan Heffernan said: “We need different types of people who can offer different things to help us raise money for end of life cancer care.

“You might be great at organising events like coffee mornings, or good with money and figures, or be able to take minutes or put a rota together.

“Whatever your skills are the fund-raising group will need them.”

Marie Curie Cancer Care was founded in 1948 to ensure that terminally-ill patients who wished to remain at home rather than go into hospital had access to high-quality, round-the-clock care.

It employs 11 nurses in the Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT area. providing more than 7,000 hours of care a year.

The new fund-raising group met for the first time at Leigh Cricket Club, this week but to find out more contact Siobhan on 0161 255 2809 or email siobhan.heffernan@mariecurie.org.uk

Are you planning to raise some money for the Safe Hands appeal?

To let us know of any fund-raising events you are staging for Marie Curie, contact Andrew Nowell on 01942 506261 or email andrew.nowell@lancspublications.co.uk.

To find out more about the Marie Curie charity and how to organise an event, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/appeal or call 0161 255 2809 or 07515 135 423.