A Northwich woman has celebrated 15 years of loyal service as a volunteer for Marie Curie.

Linda Nelson originally worked at the Marie Curie shop in Northwich town centre before becoming the chairman of the Northwich Marie Curie Fundraising Group.

Since forming the group has raised more than £16,000 which equates to over 800 hours of nursing care.

Throughout the year they hold various events such as a Blooming Great Tea Party, quiz nights and supermarket collections.

Not only do they raise money but they help to spread the word about Marie Curie, a charity for people living with any terminal illness and their families.

The support and Information services offer expert guidance and support to help people get the most from the time they have, through giving trusted information on everything from symptom management and day to day care to financial information and legal issues.

Sheila Insley, Sheila Taylor, Councillor Susan Kaur and Linda Nelson

Trained experts also give emotional support when you just need to talk.

The group are currently looking for new members to join them.

Linda spoke of the benefits of being part of a fundraising group: “It is a good feeling to know we are doing something truly worthwhile for the community. I have made some wonderful friends through my work with Marie Curie and would recommend volunteering to anyone.”

Local fundraiser Holly Fraser is keen to speak to people who would like to know more: “The support of these fundraising groups is absolutely invaluable to us. We need a variety of people who can offer different skills and experiences. You might be great at organising small or large events. You might be good with money and figures, you might be able to take minutes, or put a collection rota together, or be happy to speak in public about the service that Marie Curie provides. Whatever your skills are, we can help you to turn them into funds for Marie Curie.’

If you’d like to know more about this opportunity please call Julie for an informal chat on 0161 2552809 or email Holly.Fraser@mariecurie.org.uk