HISTORIC LEGACY ‘PLANTS’ LINK BETWEEN MARIE CURIE AND TITANIC QUARTER

HISTORIC LEGACY ‘PLANTS’ LINK BETWEEN MARIE CURIE AND TITANIC QUARTER

25th October, 2013

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Over 10,000 daffodil bulbs have been planted in Titanic Quarter to help launch the new partnership between Marie Curie Cancer Care and Titanic Quarter.

During planning for the launch event, it was discovered that Marie Curie herself was once a passenger on SS Nomadic, Titanic’s tender ship which is now berthed in Titanic Quarter. While on a fundraising trip to America in 1921, Marie Curie joined RMS Olympic, Titanic’s sister ship, at Cherbourg courtesy of the Nomadic.

The Partnership was launched by Janet Leitch, a Nurse Therapist with Marie Curie for over a decade.  Janet’s family has a long connection with Queen’s Island - her father, uncle and great uncle all worked for Harland & Wolff.  She also has a very personal experience of Marie Curie’s services as her husband Ralph sadly passed away with cancer last year in the In-Patient Unit where Janet still works.  Speaking at the launch, Janet said:

“As friends and family of terminally ill patients know, it is a traumatic and deeply painful experience.  Marie Curie, however, provides amazing care and support in those difficult last days and weeks.

“I’m very proud to be associated with Marie Curie and am pleased that I have the opportunity to provide direct care to patients. 

“Being at the launch of the partnership between Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Titanic Quarter with the historic link to Marie Curie and my own family links to the shipyard is personally very encouraging. I can’t wait until next Spring to see all the daffodils in bloom.”

Residents and tenants from across Titanic Quarter joined Marie Curie volunteers and supporters to plant bulbs in memory of a loved one or as a celebration of life.

David Gavaghan, Titanic Quarter Limited’s CEO, said:

“Titanic Quarter is delighted to support such a worthwhile cause and we’re really pleased by the numbers of residents and employees of firms based in Titanic Quarter who have actively participated with the planting.

“Titanic Quarter is not just about providing a wonderful location, with world-class accommodation and infrastructure – it’s about bringing people together from across the city and beyond. Through their inspiration and care they are restoring that sense of purpose and energy that was the engine of the city’s global prominence a century ago.”

This year’s bulbs were sourced from John Bailey, a local supplier from Kircubbin, Co. Down, and supported by a donation from Belfast Harbour Police.

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free nursing care to those who are terminally ill across Northern Ireland, either in their own home, or in the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast.