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Marie Curie pledges to support additional dying patients across the north west during coronavirus

Care in a Marie Curie hospice Credit: Marie Curie

A charity which cares for dying people across the north west says it needs donations to help relieve pressure on the NHS.

Public collections for Marie Curie's annual Great Daffodil Appeal were cancelled earlier this month for the first time in the campaign’s 34 year history because of the coronavirus.

Yet the charity, which also has a hospice in Liverpool, wants to support more terminally ill patients to make space in hospitals.

Marie Curie needs to raise £2.5million a week to continue to run its essential frontline services but says it is geared up to care for additional patients at the end of life across the region.

"People who are dying can leave hospital quickly, if the right package of care is in place and it is safe to do so. Now more than ever, dying people who do not want to be in hospital need to be moved to a more appropriate setting, as precious beds in critical care units are urgently required for patients who need lifesaving treatment for Coronavirus."

– Marie Curie spokesperson

Chief Executive Matthew Reed told ITV Granada Reports that by moving more terminally ill patients out of hospital it could help free up beds.

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