Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive takes up senior volunteer role for leading end of life care charity
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, has taken on a senior volunteer role for Marie Curie Cancer Care, one of the UK’s largest charities. As Patron for Yorkshire, Gary will represent Marie Curie at the highest level and encourage and initiate fundraising opportunities across the county to support the charity’s work.
Gary is passionate about the work of Marie Curie and shares the charity’s vision as it strives to improve and expand the services it provides for terminally ill patients and their families during some of their most difficult days. He says:
“My own recent personal experience of the incredible work of Marie Curie nurses inspired me to take on my own fundraising challenges at the New York Marathon in 2009 and the London Marathon in 2012 to help support the work of the charity in Yorkshire.”
“It is a great honour to be asked to take on the role of Patron for Yorkshire and one that I am delighted to accept. Every single day there are at least 30 Marie Curie nurses caring for terminally ill patients across the county and the care they deliver is totally free. I am enormously privileged to be able to help and encourage others to support their fantastic work and look forward to helping Marie Curie support even more patients and families in Yorkshire in the years ahead.”
Gary’s acceptance of his new role coincides with the launch of Marie Curie’s biggest annual campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal, which encourages everyone to give a donation and wear a daffodil in March. The charity is looking for volunteer collectors to help out at local collections throughout the month. Gary says:
“Becoming a collector for the Great Daffodil Appeal is a fantastic way to help Marie Curie. Donating just one or two hours of your time will allow Marie Curie nurses to provide more care to terminally ill people in their own homes.”
To volunteer to collect for Marie Curie Cancer Care and support the Great Daffodil Appeal call please call the local fundraising office on 01274 386191 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.
To access a Marie Curie Nurse, speak to your GP or district nurse. For more information, please visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk.