Best foot forward for Marie Curie event

Jaime pictured with her dogs Harper and Harlie. Pic by Lynn Stanfield. INNT 34-810CON
Jaime pictured with her dogs Harper and Harlie. Pic by Lynn Stanfield. INNT 34-810CON

A young woman from Newtownabbey is encouraging more people to support this year’s Marie Curie Walk 10 campaign at Stormont.

Jaime Valente, who is a Marie Curie Fundraising Volunteer, has been supporting the charity from an early age.

Her mum, Muriel Campbell, had a long association with the charity, raising thousands of pounds for the organisation over the years.

Following her mother’s death, Jaime helped to form Muriel’s North Belfast and Newtownabbey Fundraising Group in June 2009. The group, which meets at Whiteabbey Hospital on the first Wednesday of every month, hold a number of fundraising activities including annual collections, quiz nights and tea parties.

Jaime will be volunteering at this year’s Walk 10 event on Friday, September 9 at the Stormont Estate.

She said: “Sadly my mummy needed the help of the Marie Curie nurses in November 2008, I was always aware of what Marie Curie nurses did, but seeing this first hand - how they cared for my mummy with such compassion and kindness, how they supported myself and my family - I knew I had to do something to continue on my mummy’s legacy of supporting Marie Curie. I wanted to help ensure others were able to access the end of life care my mummy was able to receive. I have been volunteering at the walks since 2009. They are really fun, but poignant at the same time. I love volunteering at them.”

The Walk 10 event is open to anyone aged over 16. There is a £10 registration charge.

If you are interested in taking part at this year’s Walk 10 or for more information, contact walktenNI@mariecurie.org.uk