Our Chairman joins Royalty to celebrate Marie Curie anniversary
This month, our Chairman, Martin McMillan, joined His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of both the National Garden Scheme and Marie Curie, at Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool to celebrate the hospice’s 60th anniversary year.
We have been supporting Marie Curie since 1996, and since our partnership began over 20 years ago, we have donated £8.8 million to the charity. The anniversary event showcased the incredible work Marie Curie achieve to care for people living with a terminal illness, and their families in Liverpool. Last year the hospice cared for over 1,000 people and their families in the area, while it continued to build and develop the services available to meet the growing palliative and end of life care needs of the people of Liverpool.
Martin McMillan, Chairman of the National Garden Scheme, said about the visit: “Going around the hospice and talking to the nurses and volunteers who constantly go the extra mile on behalf of their patients, was a most moving experience. It’s an absolute privilege to support Marie Curie and the vital care and support they provide for people living with any terminal illness, and their families.”
At the end of the event, His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to mark his visit before cutting a daffodil-themed cake, made especially by chef and TV presenter Simon Rimmer, who runs The Elephant pub in Woolton Village. This was a great opportunity to see our funding in action, where attendees of the event were given a tour of the hospice’s Sefton and Stanley Wards and met with patients, family members and hospice staff. During the tour, The Prince also met with actress and Marie Curie ambassador Alison Steadman, whose mother was cared for at the hospice.
Find out more about our partnership with Marie Curie.