AN incredible £12,000 has been donated to Marie Curie from another local charity who share the same vision.

Comfort and Care was set up in 2010 to raise funds for end of life care but sadly the charity is now ceasing to fundraise and has generously donated its balance of funds - a total of £12,753.88 - to Marie Curie. 

Based in Dorchester, the team of care coordinators of Marie Curie care for patients across the county to enable them to stay in their own homes at the end of their lives. The team has more than 100 nurses in Dorset who visit during the day and also overnight. 

They provide hands on practical nursing care for more than 1,200 people across the county.

Comfort and Care were set up with the sole intention of improving end of life care in the local area as it was believed that care was not equitable for all. 

Kate Norris, a founder member of Comfort and Care who now leads the nursing for Marie Curie, said: “Marie Curie may be big but they are very local.

ur nursing care is coordinated from our county town for the people of the county. Our fundraising is led by local volunteers, the money raised locally is spent locally. It made perfect sense to donate the money generously raised by Comfort and Care to Marie Curie who share their vision.”

Over the last five years Comfort and Care have held many fundraising events from coffee mornings to Elvis nights and barn dances, clothes recycling and parachute jumps, all with the aim of raising money in an enjoyable way. 

A cheque presentation was held on September 1 in Brewery Square with the Dorchester and District Marie Curie Fundraising Group and Comfort and Care to celebrate the overwhelming donation.

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. 

Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.