A mother and daughter have thanked a hospice for caring their "wonderful mum and gran" by holding a fundraising event.

Sharon and Sophie Symons' cream tea, coffee and cake fundraiser at Breage Social Club has raised £1,977.30 for Marie Curie.

The event was held in memory of Dorothy Babbage, Sharon and Sophie's mum and grandmother respectively, who died in March.

The fundraiser featured cakes, tombola, plants, books, bric-a-brac stalls and a raffle.

Assisting were friends and family, including Karen and Rachael Richards, Fiona Woodman, Tina Murt, Karen Turner, Teresa and Melanie Babbage, Vickie Mildren, Lindy Stevens and Bill Symons.

Praising the event as a "sociable and great get-together", the family said the proceeds will enhance the valuable work of Marie Curie nurses across Cornwall, who supported Dorothy earlier this year. 

Sharon said: "Marie Curie helped with her care and supported the family in her last days, along with the Helston District Nurses.  They were all such caring nurses."

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These dedicated professionals provide exceptional end-of-life care within patients' homes, underpinning a substantial need throughout the region.

Margaret Riley, chair of the Helston & The Lizard Fundraising Group for Marie Curie, revealed the high demand.

She said: "2023 is Marie Curie’s 75th anniversary and our services are in more demand than ever, with our nurses caring for even more terminally-ill people – not just those with cancer, but also Motor Neurone Disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and pulmonary disease.

"Such a generous donation is really appreciated and helps ensure that we can continue to care for even more people who wish to spend their final days in their own homes amongst their loved ones."