Louise Stacey lost her Mum, Pat Forsyth, to bowel cancer in 2010 and since then she has fundraised for Marie Curie by collecting during the Great Daffodill Appeal and organising coffee and pamper events. She credits the Marie Curie nurses as giving her strength and making a difference to the end of her Mum’s life. And to date Louise has organised six annual events raising close to £50,000 for Marie Curie, she says ‘Mum would have been very proud’.
Louise is Mum to Noah, (6) and Isla 11).
She talks about the difference Marie Curie Nurses made to her when she was caring for her mum at the end of her life.
“Rose was the Marie Curie nurse on duty when my Mum died and it was quite poignant because my Mum’s Mum was called Rose – I remember they would come along at about 10oclcock at night you know during the day everything doesn’t seem as bad but the nights were a bit more sinister and a bit scary. There was always someone with me but just having that Nurse at night when you open the door, you just feel relief. It just meant that I could actually try and get some sleep.
“The nurses were great – they just fitted into your home … its almost like they’re not there.. but they’re there.”
Her experience has spurred onto raise a tremendous amount for Marie Curie to help fund and extend our services:
“So the way I feel now is that if I can do an event every year for as long as I possibly can. If I can raise, well I was gobsmacked at raising over £10.000 this year, and so if I can just chip away in my life time over 20 years – how much could I raise .. and it goes back to what I said thank god someone did it before me … and I need to spread that message .. and it’s (terminal illness) not just about cancer, but its about MND , Parkinson’s, Stroke, Alzheimer’s and Heart disease because you think that support is there … but its not there unless someone puts the funding towards it.