McArthur Praises Marie Curie


Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, is joining Marie Curie’s call to throw a Blooming Great Tea Party and raise money to support people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.


Mr McArthur met staff and volunteers at an event in Holyrood to hear about the work of Marie Curie, which provided care and support to 8,600 patients with terminal illnesses in Scotland last year alone.

Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party is now in its 12th year and various events will be running throughout the summer of 2019. In Orkney, there will be one taking place on Saturday 22nd June at Kirkwall Town Hall from 11am-3:30pm.

Mr McArthur commented:

“Marie Curie staff and volunteers provide invaluable care and support to individuals and their families who are affected by terminal illnesses. It was a pleasure to meet some of them this week and hear about the remarkable work that they do.”

“We are fortunate in Orkney to have a fantastic Marie Curie team who have made a real difference to those they have supported over recent years.”

“The Blooming Great Tea party is a great opportunity not only to show our appreciation to Marie Curie, but also raise much needed funds and awareness so that everyone, regardless of where they live, can receive this same high standard of care.”

“I’m pleased to hear that VAO will be holding an event on 22 June in the Town Hall and would encourage anyone to go along to find out more about Marie Curie and enjoy a cuppa and a blether.”

Susan Brown Policy & Public Affairs Manager Scotland added:

“Thanks to Liam we hope more people will be inspired to take part and do something great this summer to raise money for Marie Curie.

“It doesn’t matter whether you #fakeit or #bakeit, if you throw a tea party and collect donations for Marie Curie you will be helping us reach more people affected by terminal illness and provide nursing care, information, emotional support and research to help them and their loved ones.”

Last year there were 140 Blooming Great Tea Party’s across Scotland raising over £61,500.

Marie Curie made over 80 visits providing care and support to people in their own homes in Orkney in 2017/18. Anyone can also receive free support through the Marie Curie Information & Support Line on 0800 090 2309 or visit

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