The Padstow to Rock Swim is a personal challenge, but it's all about raising money for charity. Our charity partner for 2021 is Marie Curie, as it has been since 2011. The Padstow to Rock Swim is raising much-needed money specifically for Cornwall.
Over the past year, dying has become a front-of-mind issue for us all. The pandemic and our ageing population means it’s never been more pressing to make sure we have the right care and support in place to be able to protect and cherish each other as we reach the final months, weeks, days and hours of our lives.
The UK’s leading end of life charity, Marie Curie is here to support everyone in the UK through all aspects of dying, death and bereavement – and to fight for a society where everyone gets to have the best experience possible at the end of their lives.
We support the NHS by providing frontline care. We provide vital bereavement and support for family and friends. And we help the nation prepare for death, to help make things better at the end.
Our decades of experience mean we know what it is to die well, and what really matters. Our people have a passion for making sure everyone gets the best possible support – from living with a terminal illness to coping with bereavement.
Last year we helped more than 60,000 people directly and reached over two million more. Marie Curie Nurses care for people in their homes, giving much-needed respite to overstretched carers. Our nine hospices offer the reassurance of specialist care and support in a friendly, welcoming environment – so people can feel safe and cared-for in their final months, weeks and days of life.
Our trusted information and support line help people in their hour of need to feel reassured, informed and empowered to face what’s happening in their lives – whether that’s terminal illness, caring or bereavement.
Our campaigns influence decision-makers so people whose lives are touched by terminal illness, death and bereavement have a voice advocating for the change they need to see. Our leading research ensures that, as we face what’s coming in the years ahead, we understand more about what good end of life looks like, and how we can support each other in the best ways possible – both medically and in the round.
Our public awareness campaigns help change public attitudes to dying, death and bereavement so, as a nation, we can find ways to open the conversation and be better prepared.