As Chair of the Joint Committee of Durham Crematorium (a partnership of Durham County Council and Spennymoor Town Council) I was pleased to present a cheque this week to Marie Curie for £5000 to assist them in their charity work.
This is the third cheque I have presented on behalf of the Joint Committee, in total this year £15000, to support local charities who make a difference to people’s lives.
Lauren Flint of Marie Curie told me that the money would be used locally to support the cost of nurses caring for terminally ill patients, often sitting overnight with their clients to provide reassurance and comfort. Lauren explained that carers also needed this support and they were always ready to send someone out to listen to their problems too and to offer advice.
The charity has 9 hospices, 6 in England, 1 in Wales and 2 in Scotland, the most local to us being Newcastle upon Tyne and have a large network of fully trained volunteers ready to respond to calls, sometimes at very short notice.
When asked what she liked about her job, she recalled it was the special moments when patients entertained their families in the self contained flat inside of the hospice seeing their joy of celebrating life together. All of this has been made possible by the generous gifts from supporters.
On behalf of the Joint Crematorium Committee can I thank all of the families of the bereaved who through their kindness and generosity at what must be a very difficult time, have provided the facility for families to enjoy precious moments together and the opportunity to call to a stranger for help.
The next charity to be supported in the future by the Joint Crematorium Committee has been agreed as the Air Ambulance.
Cllr Liz Maddison
Chair of the Joint Committee