Office is moving but services stay

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REPRESENTATIVES from Marie Curie Cancer Care in Scarborough are reassuring supporters that nursing services and fundraising in the area are going from strength to strength despite the charity’s office being moved to York.

From April 1, the charity’s fundraising office in Belle Vue Street will be merging with the neighbouring York team and will be based in new premises at Osbaldwick.

Following a recent promotion, the team will now raise the funding for Marie Curie nurses throughout the whole of North and East Yorkshire and South Teesside area.

The link-up will enable the Scarborough-based team to pass on their experience and share best practice to develop more support in many rural pockets across into the dales and up to Middlesbrough.

In fact the work of volunteer fundraising groups in Scarborough has been so successful that the principle is being rolled out nationally throughout the charity’s fundraising teams.

Fundraisers Cheryl Barrett and Michael Streets will be based at the York office, but will continue to work regularly in Scarborough along with a well-established team of volunteers.

Mrs Barrett, area fundraising manager, said: “After being based in Belle Vue Street for such a long time it will be quite different, but this is a very exciting opportunity for us to share all that we have learned with our colleagues.

“We hope that the merge will see us spending less time in the office and result in more time to support those who support Marie Curie. We are looking for a local storage base for all the fundraising items that we use, such as charity boxes, daffodils etc and would be very grateful to hear from anyone who might be able to help us with that.”

The team are also working towards setting up a base, perhaps in a local church, for the very valued team of office volunteers who have supported administration work undertaken within the office. If you can help call Cheryl on (01723) 378111 or email cheryl.barrett@mariecurie.org.uk

The Scarborough Volunteer Fundraising Group has been raising funds for the local nursing service for more than 12 years and is always looking for new members.

A recent fashion show held at the Crown Hotel raised £2,179 and their next event is a children’s disco at Vivaz on March 17, a quiz at St Michael’s Church Hall on April 1, a mystery bus trip on May 13 and a golf day at North Cliff Golf Club on Friday July 1.

Funds raised in the area are used to provide local nursing care for patients who are terminally ill with cancer and other illnesses.

Since the inception of a scheme called the Scarborough Multi Visit Pilot, Scarborough now has more Marie Curie nurses than ever before. The scheme sees senior nurse team leader Mary Johnson and her team of four health care assistants and three registered nurses providing home visits for patients in Scarborough and Filey. There are more than 30 nurses covering the Scarborough area.