Appeal for volunteers

Marie Curie volunteer Daryl Cowen counting the money from the collection boxes
Marie Curie volunteer Daryl Cowen counting the money from the collection boxes

MARIE Curie Cancer Care is appealing for volunteers to help look after the charity’s collecting tins and boxes.

Marie Curie, which provides nursing care for patients suffering from cancer and other terminal diseases in their own homes, is looking for people to manage the collection tins across the borough, with the areas of greatest need being Hindley, Ince and Aspull.

The charity has collection boxes for people to donate to in bars, restaurants and shops across Wigan, but volunteers are required to regularly tour the boxes, replace full tins with empty ones, and count and bank the money raised.

Marie Curie’s fund-raising efforts are also being supported by the Wigan Evening Post’s Safe Hands Appeal, which aims to help raise the thousands of pounds Marie Curie requires each year to provide one-to-one nursing care across the borough.

Marion Logan, a volunteer from Billinge, is encouraging more people to help look after the boxes.

She said: “Looking after the collection boxes is so rewarding, it’s amazing how much all the odd bits of change add up to at the end.

“Plus it’s a way I can help Marie Curie Cancer Care which is flexible around my time and commitments.”

Marie Curie Community Fundraiser in Wigan, Siobhan Heffernan, said: “Looking after the collection tins is a really effective way to help support local Marie Curie nurses.

“We’ve got tins out in shops and pubs but no one to look after them, so they aren’t raising as much money as they could, which in turn affects the amount of Marie Curie nursing we can provide.”

Volunteers will be required to visit all the boxes in their area and ensure the money is correctly banked once every three months.

For more information, please contact Siobhan on 0161 255 2809 or 07525 392981, or email