A CHARITY for people with terminal illnesses has pledged to support additional dying patients across Cumbria to help relieve pressure on NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

Marie Curie is geared up to care for additional patients at the end of life across the county as deaths related to Covid-19 continue to rise - but says it needs support from the public.

Marie Curie needs to raise £2.5million a week to continue to run its frontline services.

The charity’s chief executive Matthew Reed said: “Sadly, some people’s lives will be shortened by coronavirus, so the need for end of life care will be greater. Marie Curie can meet this need, and in doing so will help free up intensive care beds needed for coronavirus patients.

“But just as we want to help, our income has been decimated. We need donations urgently to keep our nurses and hospice staff on the frontline.” See mariecurie.org.uk/emergency