Local helpers needed

Marie Curie – Scotland is seeking 10 people living in Sanquhar and Thornhill, Lockerbie, Annan and Stranraer to sign up to its local Helper volunteer service to provide much-needed support for people living with terminal illness.

The charity’s volunteers already support 11 people across the region and now need more volunteers to meet demand in these specific areas.

The Helper volunteer service from Marie Curie offers free, regular support in person or on the telephone from a trained volunteer. Volunteers help people living with a terminal illness and their families in many ways such as making short trips to the shops, providing companionship and helping them to access local services.

Springholm’s Jordan Henderson, 23, has been a Helper volunteer since May 2017.

He said; “We need people of all ages to volunteer because people of all ages are terminally ill. The most important skill you need is to be a good listener. I started volunteering because I wanted to give something back to Marie Curie Nurses who provided overnight care for my papa. I enjoy meeting new people and feel that it’s helped increase my confidence.”

Katie Wardlaw, Marie Curie Volunteer Coordinator, added: “I hope more people like Jordan will come forward to offer their time. The service makes a huge difference to people locally and we want to reach more people who need us.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer contact Katie Wardlaw on 07834 394497 or katie.wardlaw@mariecurie.org.uk.

The Helper service complements existing support offered in Dumfries and Galloway by Marie Curie Nurses who provided 4,359 visits to terminally ill people last year. Information and Support services are also available for anyone with questions about terminal illness. Contact 0800 090 2309 or visit mariecurie.org.uk/support