Living with a terminal illness and looking for support? Marie Curie Support Line advisers are able to help with any concerns.This was the message from the charity’s Borders community ambassador, Caroline Green, when she spoke to Galashiels Rotarians.
The Support Line (0800 090 2309 or online) is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Marie Curie helps anyone with terminal illness, not just cancer patients, and employs nurses to give overnight care and sit, awake, with the person, giving other carers the chance to have some rest.
There are 18 Marie Curie nurses in the Borders and the service works closely with local health boards.
All referrals are from the NHS and 50% of the funding for home care is provided by boards, the rest via Marie Curie fundraising. In the region of £250,000 is usually raised annually in the Borders.
Marie Curie also funds research into terminal illness and care, and operates hospices, two of which are in Scotland.
The picture shows Rotary club president Tricia Paterson with Caroline, who is holding a collecting tin sporting the new Marie Curie logo.