CARE: Support over the festivities

Christmas is a precious time for many families, but even more so for many of your readers who may be cherishing every moment they get to spend with a beloved family member who is living with a terminal illness.

Saturday, 23rd December 2017, 5:22 am

In fact, this year, more than one million people in the UK are expected to be supporting a loved one who has a terminal illness over Christmas, while facing the possibility that this could be their last one together.

Caring for someone at home can be very rewarding.

However, it can also be an isolating experience.

For some, it will be the first Christmas without their mum, dad, husband, wife or partner, or other loved one, which can also be a very difficult time for them.

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People often say that they don’t know where to turn and don’t know what help is available to them, which is why I am writing to tell you about our free, confidential Support Line on 0800 090 2309.

This offers practical information and emotional support about any aspect of terminal illness, as well as offering bereavement support.

To help everyone who may need us during the festive period, our Support Line will be open from Sunday, December 24 to Tuesday, January 2.

The open hours are as follows:

Christmas Eve, 10am to 4pm; Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 10am to 2pm; December 27-29, 8am to 6pm; December 30, 11am to 5pm; New Year’s Eve, 10am to 4pm; New Year’s Day, 10am to 2pm; January 2, 8am to 6pm.

If you are in need of support, or have any questions about any aspect of terminal illness, the Marie Curie Information and Support Line is here for you.

It may be able to help you to make the most of Christmas with your loved ones.

Additionally, our trained Support Line officers are also on hand to offer support via our online chat service at the website

Karen Torley

General Manager North East at Marie Curie