DURING the last year Marie Curie Newtown Area Fundraising Group has raised nearly £30,000.

This is enough to provide 164 nights of nursing care in the community.

Last week the group held its annual meeting at The Monty Club in Newtown to celebrate banking a phenomenal £29,537 up to March 31.

Chairperson Llinos Hughes said: “We have achieved another successful 12 months of fundraising.

“We are incredibly lucky to have such great support from the people of the area who choose us as the charity they would like to support at their events, as they know and understand how amazing the service is that our dedicated Marie Curie Nurses provide.

“I would also like to thank our group members for all their hard work over the year; we look forward to the next year of fun whilst raising money for this wonderful charity.”

The group formed in December 2012 and raises funds for the network of Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end of life care, totally free for patients in their own homes.

In just over five years the group has raised a staggering £138,782 to help Marie Curie 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.

The group would like to say a huge thank you to all of the public, regular supporters, businesses and schools who have supported them throughout the year and to all of the volunteers who have given up their spare time to help raise such a tremendous amount, along with The Monty Club for allowing them to hold their meetings.

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. It helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance.

n For more details of forthcoming fundraising activities and other ways to support the charity, ring group secretary Helen Edwards on 01686 621848.