On Wednesday, June 21st, volunteers from the Marie Curie Newton Abbot and District Fundraising group held a Blooming Great Tea Party on the Paignton to Kingswear steam train, raising a phenomenal £1,006.99.

As well as donations of cakes from members and supporters of the group, donations for the day were received from the Paignton and Trago Co-op food stores, Morrisons in Teignmouth and Paignton, Tescos in Kingsteignton and Sainsbury’s in Newton Abbot.

All the money raised will help Marie Curie to provide expert care, guidance and support to help people with a terminal illness, and their families, get the most from the time they have left.

Marie Curie Nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across South Devon, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Marie Curie also supports people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained Helper volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.

The charity is also the leader in research into better ways of caring for people with terminal illness.

Seven out of 10 carers say that people with a terminal illness do not get all the care and support they need. As the UK’s leading charity for people living with any terminal illness, and their families, Marie Curie doesn’t think that is good enough.

Sue Preston, Chair of the Newton Abbot and District Fundraising Group said: “We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to this event and helped to make it such a success, especially the staff at the Dartmouth Steam Railway for facilitating the organisation of the day. All the money raised will help Marie Curie care for and support local people through terminal illness.”

For more information or to get involved in your local Marie Curie Fundraising Group please call Jane Meare, Community Fundraiser, at the Tiverton Fundraising Office.