South Hams Newspapers and their advertisers have donated more than £630 to Marie Curie after producing an advertising feature supporting the charity.
The feature, which appeared in the newspapers on March 3, was the work of advertising sales executive Sam Jackson, who arranged the feature and persuaded local businesses to support Marie Curie.
Connie Thomas, community fundraising for Marie Curie, came to accept the cheque on Monday, March 20, and said that the money would be used to fund one of the 118 nurses in Devon, looking after more than 2,000 people a year.
“Our nurses look after people who are terminally ill” said Connie, “they support people overnight and give them the care they need in their own home.
She also said that a new helper service was being launched in Kingsbridge. “The new helper service will be supporting people with life-limiting illnesses, but who are not end-of-life care.
“The service is free and run by volunteers who can support you three hours a week, whether thats taking you for a trip to the garden centre, help around the garden, or anything else.”
Talking about the donation, Connie added: “Thank you so much to South Hams Newspapers and their supporters. Your generosity has funded 32 hours of nursing in Devon.”
Sam Jackson was out of the office due to illness on Monday, so the cheque was presented to Connie by South Hams Newspapers’ advertisement manager Jane Devonshire, who explained that the donation is made up of 20 per cent of the revenue from the feature.
To find out more about Marie Curie, visit the website: www.mariecurie.org.ukand to find out more about the new helper service, call Connie on 01884 703535.