Local MP volunteers to Make A Difference at Marie Curie Cancer Care Shop

On Saturday, Naomi Long, MP for East Belfast, and her Alliance colleagues, Chris Lyttle MLA, Cllr Laura McNamee, Cllr Michael Long and Cllr Andrew Webb, swapped political responsibilities for retail ones as they spent time serving customers and sorting through donations at the Marie Curie Shop on the Upper Newtownards Road.
Ms Long, a strong supporter of Marie Curie, is one of over 50 MPs across the UK lending their support to Marie Curie Cancer Care for the UK’s biggest single day of volunteering – Make A Difference Day.
Head of Shops Alec Barclay said: “We are delighted that Ms Long and her colleagues have given up their time to volunteer at our Marie Curie Cancer Care shop in Ballyhackamore. Naomi and her colleagues also recently visited the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast in September. Make A Difference Day presents a great opportunity to highlight the vital contribution that our dedicated volunteers make towards ensuring we can care for more terminally ill people and their families.
“We are absolutely reliant on the generosity of local people – whether they volunteer their time, donate or shop with us – to help raise these funds. Volunteering is a great way to support your local community while meeting new people and learning new skills. Our shops would simply not be able to run without them.”
Ms Long continued: “I know from personal experience the valuable work which Marie Curie does for families dealing with cancer and how much that work is dependent on the fundraising efforts of their volunteers. I wanted, in this small way, to show my appreciation for Marie Curie and for those who give up their time and use their skills on a voluntary basis to contribute to this work.”
Support for your local Marie Curie Shop will help Marie Curie Nurses provide more free care at home to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses as well as end of life care at the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast.
To enquire about volunteering opportunities or donating goods to your local Marie Curie shop, please call 028 90671 068 or visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk
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