Stephen has pledged to champion the concerns of local people with a terminal illness by lending his support to Marie Curie’s campaign calling for the right for everyone to have palliative care when they need it. He teamed up with Marie Curie Nurse Sally Monger-Godfrey and renowned impressionist Jon Culshaw to back the campaign from the UK’s leading charity for people living with any terminal illness and their families.
The campaign comes as Marie Curie revealed that more than half of people over the age of 50 in the UK – of whom there are 26 million - are not confident that they will get the care they need towards the end of their life.
Currently, one in four people each year who need palliative care miss out on it because their needs are not recognised and they are not referred on to the right services. To prevent this figure from increasing, Marie Curie is calling for a change in the way care is provided.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: “I welcome Marie Curie's recent Triggers for Palliative Care report, which seeks to highlight the challenges people can face in accessing palliative care. I also appreciate the vital work that organisations such as Marie Curie undertake in helping people and their families cope with terminal illness.
“I believe people have a right to be in their own home at the end of their life, surrounded by the people they love, with access to the care they need.”
Jon Culshaw, a valued supporter of Marie Curie, said: “Like most of us, I believe that everyone should have the right to palliative care when they need it. That’s why I’m supporting Marie Curie’s campaign to make this a reality.”